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Polson second graders learn to swim

News from the Greater Polson Community Foundation 

POLSON – One hundred and four Polson second graders have been taught the basics of water safety and swimming in a series of eight lessons at the Mission Valley Aquatics Center this spring thanks to a collaboration between Mission Valley Aquatics, the Greater Polson Community Foundation, and the Polson School District.

Classroom schedules were adjusted for a two-week period, children were transported to the pool with school buses, and teachers helped with supervision to make the lessons happen. 

Jeff Smith, director at MVA, said the majority of the kids would now be able to save themselves if they accidently fall in the water.

Next spring, the same kids will receive another series of eight lessons as third graders, and the incoming second graders will start the next two year project. The Greater Polson Community Foundation has made a community challenge match of $45,500 to fund the project from 2018 to 2021. MVA will raise a growing share of the program funds as it builds community support for the lessons. 

For more information on this project or to make a donation, contact Mission Valley Aquatics at 406-883-4567. You can visit the GPCF website at or call 406-883-GPCF (4723) to learn how you can make a d0ifference in your community.

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