Community organizations partner with foundation to offer free swim lessons for kids this summer
In 2014, the DelleGrazie family lost their four year old son, Pauly, to a drowning accident. In memory of Pauly, the Pauly D Foundation was established to advocate for water safety and drowning prevention. This summer, the Pauly D Foundation joined forces with the West Chicago Park District to offer free swim lessons to 140 participants from Educare in West Chicago. It was an excellent opportunity for children to learn water safety skills and enjoy learning to swim from skillful instructors at Turtle Splash Water Park.
The program was targeted for swimmers of all ages with little or no previous water experience that would be at high risk for drowning. With the help of Educare, participants were selected to receive free swim lessons. Turtle Splash Water Park hours of operation were extended to accommodate this new program.
“Giving these kids the opportunity to learn how to swim from the Pauly D Foundation is a great way to show how we care about the children in our community. Each and every day my students showed growth and improvement and also make friends out of the classes we taught. As an instructor I am glad to be a part of this growing foundation,” said Emily Klott, Turtle Splash Water Park’s swim instructor.
For more information on the Pauly D Foundation, visit http://paulydfoundation.com. To learn more about the West Chicago Park District’s swim lesson program contact the West Chicago Park District at (630) 231-9474.
Information courtesy of the West Chicago Park District.