When summer gets hot, there is nothing better than jumping in a swimming pool to cool off. And that is what many children who live in Dallas-area apartments do to pass the time and have fun with their friends.
That is why safety in and around community pools is so important. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths of children ages 1 to 4. According to the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance, drowning is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 14.
Every summer, AvreaFoster supports one of the best YMCA programs in the Dallas area called Safety Around Water. In 2019, over 3,900 children participated in the program that teaches them how to swim, the use of water safety skills, and how to react to emergency situations.
“I have been bringing my 5-year-old daughter to participate in the program for the past three consecutive summers,” said participant mom Patricia Villegas. “This program has allowed my daughter to learn the skills necessary in case of an emergency regarding the pool. My daughter loves the program! As soon as summer starts, she’s asking me when her swimming lessons begin. I’d recommend this program to everyone who has children because being able to swim is a very important skill for the kids.”
“Knowing we play a part in teaching kids to swim touches home with me. As a teenager, I used to teach water safety programs across Dallas and have seen the positive impact it has on our community,” said AvreaFoster CEO Dave Foster.