Every Child a Swimmer
From 2005–2014 there was an average of 3,868 fatal drownings in the United States. One in five people who died from drowning was a child 14 years and younger. That is an average of 774 children who die from drowning every year. For every child in a fatal drowning incident, there is an additional five children who receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries. That is roughly 4,650 kids that are affected by drowning-related incidents each year.
To help protect children, the Kiwanis Club of Silverton started Every Child A Swimmer (ECAS). This program is a learn-to-swim and water safety project that includes all 3rd graders in the Silver Falls School District. Students are bussed from their school to the Silver Falls Family YMCA pool in for swimming lessons. This is possible due to the help of the YMCA, the Silver Falls School District, Durham School Services, Judy’s Party donations, the Kiwanis Childrens Care Fund, and local sponsors.