Dallas Hartman Sponsors Learn to Swim Program for Local Children

December 7, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of Dallas W. Hartman, local school children are receiving free swim instruction and water safety classes at the New Castle Community YMCA. The Learn to Swim program is offered to students, grades second through fourth, in six different school districts, as well as local children who are home schooled.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. “The statistics on drowning are sobering. We want to help save lives by ensuring that children are knowledgeable about water safety and equipped with basic swimming skills,” said Dallas Hartman.

Participating school districts include Laurel, New Castle Christian Academy, Union, Mohawk, Neshannock, and Shenango. The program includes a pre-assessment to evaluate each child’s skill level at the beginning of the session. Students are then grouped by skill level and receive small group instruction to help them progress to their personal potential. More than 600 local children are being served through the program, which will continue throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

“We are grateful for Dallas Hartman’s support,” said Dick Lyons, CEO of the New Castle Y. “His dedication to our community through this program is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of local students.”

To learn more about the how Dallas Hartman makes a difference in our community, visit his website.