The Safety Around Water program motto is “Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity” is something the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) of Killeen, Texas, believes passionately.
With a partnership with the Killeen Independent School District, the ASYMCA made a concerted commitment early on to help educate the community about water safety in order to reduce the number of youth-related accidents and fatalities in and around water. Dr. John M. Craft, KISD Superintendent, said “The district believes the Safety Around Water course has truly benefited the students within Killeen ISD. Teaching children how to be safe around water exemplifies the community’s willingness to work with the district in a collaborative manner. We embrace the notion that the Armed Services YMCA is willing to help our students learn more about safety skills.”
The ASYMCA Killeen’s Safety Around Water journey began in 2015 with one school and more than 100 students completing the program over the course of a month. This past fall, 487 third-grade students from four schools completed the program. By the school year’s end, 7 schools and 900 students are expected to have successfully completed the program.
The success of the program has it destined to be included in the KISD 2017/2018 third grade curriculum, which reaches an estimated 4,000 students annually