HPU Gives $10,000 to GCS Swim Program
HIGH POINT N.C., Oct. 19, 2016 – High Point University is dedicating $10,000 to the Learn to Swim program that aims to provide swimming lessons free of charge to every second-grader in the city of High Point.
The program, which is being paid for through private funds, will provide lessons for more than 500 second-graders in High Point. HPU’s gift will sponsor seven additional schools to join the program and move High Point closer to becoming the only city in North Carolina that teaches all of its children how to swim. Those schools are Fairview Elementary School, Oak Hill Elementary School, Northwood Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Shadybrook Elementary School, Triangle Lake Montessori and Kirkman Park Elementary School.
Ed Price, a Guilford County Board of Education member, is leading the charge to expand the program. He says the program is designed to increase safety for children and save lives while also introducing them to fitness and careers in aquatics.
“Swimming is a skill that, once taught, remains with an individual throughout their life,” says Price. “Every child that goes to school in High Point will finish school knowing how to swim. High Point University will play a vital role in these efforts. Our university already gives back in so many ways, and this is another example of HPU stepping up to support initiatives that improve the lives of local families.”
“As an anchor institution in the city of High Point, High Point University is proud to partner with Guilford County Schools to provide this opportunity for local children,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU President. “Already we have 300 alumni teaching in the Triad, and local children have numerous opportunities to visit our campus for learning opportunities. We are High Point’s University, and this gift is a reflection of our efforts to engage and impact every quadrant of our city.”
Local advocates have also been leading the charge for the project, including Dianne Bellamy-Small, who’s running unopposed for District 1 on the Guilford County Board of Education, and Susan Braman, director of the Greensboro Aquatic Center, where a similar swim program has been offered.
“My heart is full of joy knowing the Learn to Swim program will touch thousands of lives in the High Point community,” says Bellamy-Small. “The program is an integral part of our students’ physical education program. Learning to swim provides options for our youth including healthy activity choices, camaraderie among peers, competitive avenues and employment skills. This program will instill confidence in our youth, and I’m excited about the impact on families, not only for enjoyment, but also for providing a life-saving skill set.”
“I am delighted and have waited several years to achieve this goal of adding satellite locations to bring this program to more children in Guilford County,” says Braman. “Thank you to Diane (Bellamy-Small) and Ed (Price) for making this a reality. Now our goal has been met this year. Thank you to High Point University for this gift and also to Wesleyan Christian Academy and Hartley Drive YMCA for their pools, and Guilford County Schools’ leadership for believing in this program.”
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