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Lessons going swimmingly for second-graders

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2019) -- Blowing bubbles and kicking. Those words may not sound like curriculum the City School District of Albany is proud of – but we are.

 

This month, second-graders started swim lessons at the Albany High School pool. Students are bused from their buildings and receive a 45-minute class from certified instructors with the City of Albany Parks and Recreation Department.

 

“These lessons are so important because they provide life-saving skills. This also teaches our youngest students that being active and fit is fun,” explains Kathy Ryan, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “They just have a blast and for some, it’s their first experience in the water. We need to teach them to be safe in and around water when they’re young.”

 

The learn-to-swim program is in its ninth year.

 

Great news! You don’t have to be a second-grader to utilize the district’s pools. The Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School pool is open, twice weekly, for free community swim.

 

Mondays from 6-8 p.m. are reserved for Albany residents 50 and over. Wednesdays, also from 6-8 p.m. are family swim night; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Swimmers can enter Myers (100 Elbel Ct.) beginning at 5:30 p.m. after signing in at the front desk. Please be prepared to show ID. Lifeguards will open the pool at 6 p.m. Please bring your own towels.

 

Community swim at Myers is a partnership between the school district and the City of Albany.

 

 The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves about 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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