Lessons going swimmingly for second-graders
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
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