School District 622 Community Education receives grant from USA Swimming Foundation

​School ​District 622 Community Education was chosen as one of 151 Make a Splash Local Partner programs in the U.S. to receive grant funding from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2018.

The awarded money will go toward District 622 Community Education’s continued efforts to provide free or reduced cost swim lessons to underserved families in the community.

The USA Swimming Foundation awarded over  $702,000 to programs across the country that will help provide swim lessons to over 27,000 children, the most distributed since Make a Splash’s inception in 2007.

“We’re excited to be chosen for this grant and to be able to serve more families within our community. Swimming is a valuable life skill for every child in Minnesota,” said Aquatics Program Coordinator Linda Napoli.

School District 622 Community Education’s American Red Cross trained instructors help develop water safety and swimming skills for all ages and abilities in a positive and fun learning environment. Classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends at John Glenn Middle School in Maplewood and Skyview Community School in Oakdale.

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted over 200 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 151 programs to receive funding, many of whom are first time Make a Splash grant recipients.

“We are thrilled to be awarding this funding and so proud that it will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” said USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse. “These exciting and lifesaving opportunities would not be possible without the support of our USA Swimming Foundation partners and donors, who continue to help us make a difference across this country.”

More than 850 Make a Splash Local Partners in all 50 states promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships and transportation for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.

For more information on the Make a Splash grants distributed, visit www.USASwimmingFoundation.org. For more information on the School District 622 Comunity Education Aquatics Program, visit www.isd622.org/swim. Call 651-748-7442 for scholarship information.

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