Mid Coast School Notebook: Making a splash

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Third-graders learn swim safety 

With the start of the school year came the start of the new physical education curriculum for all third-graders in Regional School Unit 1. One of the unique parts in RSU1’s physical education program is its commitment to a swim safety program offered during a six-week unit for each third grade in the district’s physical education class.

Through this program, children who have never had swim lessons before are taught important and basic water safety rules. Those who already have some skill receive lessons in stroke mechanics and reinforcement of the water safety rules. Regardless of the skill of the child, all come away from the program with an appreciation for the dangers of the water and for the great fun to be had in the lifelong sport of swimming.

The program would not be possible without the commitment of the community members who have funded it since it was founded more than five years ago. The program, however, is dependent upon private donations. Through past generous support of corporate partners such as Bath Savings Institution, First Federal Savings and Loan and Reed & Reed – as well as innumerable individual and family donors – RSU 1 has been able to pay the Bath Area YMCA for the lessons and provide all transportation.

Those who would consider partnering in the program are asked to send donations to: RSU1, Frazier Metcalf Swim for Health Memorial Fund, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, ME 04530. Questions or comments can be directed to Judy Metcalf, 442-7820 or metcalf442@myfairpoint.net.