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Florida Blue donates $310K for YMCA swim lessons

Posted by | July 18, 2017 | Uncategorized

Local association granted $100K for swimming programBy Joy Purdy – 5:30, 6:30 & 11 p.m. anchor , Staff

Posted: 4:31 PM, July 18, 2017Updated: 4:44 PM, July 18, 2017JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More children in Northeast Florida and across the state will learn to swim thanks to a $310,000 donation from health care provider Florida Blue.The money will be divided among four YMCA groups, including the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, which will receive $100,000.More Positively Jax HeadlinesDo you underestimate your child’s drowning risk? Study says maybe soOfficials urge water safety after 7 kids drown in 3 monthsAfter son’s drowning, mother on mission to make sure kids can swimThe funds will be used to provide free swim lessons and mobile aquatics programs for more than 5,000 children and families through the YMCA’s Safety Around Water program. At least 800 children in the Northeast Florida community will benefit, YMCA officials said.The program includes teaching children how to reach the water’s surface if they’re submerged and how to get to the edge of a pool.It also teaches children how to exit any body of water and respond to unexpected water situations.Josh Harrison nearly drowned at age 3 when he was playing with a cousin and jumped into Doctor’s Lake in Clay County.He now serves on the board of a local Y and makes sure his own 7-year-old daughter is safe around water. Read more…