051319: Pfaff students jump into water safety program

One hundred Pfaff Elementary School 2nd graders had their first "Safety Around Water" experience Monday morning at the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA. And the first thing Michael Tannous, the Y's executive director, observed was the students' enthusiasm.

"The kids are much more excited than we thought we'd see," Mr. Tannous said. "There's much less fear, anxiousness or nervousness than I anticipated. That's the first thing we noticed, a lot of excitement."

The Quakertown Community School District is partnering with the YMCA to have all 2nd graders participate in a "Safety Around Water" program. These are not swimming lessons. Rather, they're a way to teach water safety skills to help prevent drowning, a significant cause of death for children.

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