Below is a letter inviting our Elementary School 2nd grade team to a recognition ceremony honoring partnerships with the YMCA.
It is with great pleasure that I write to let you know that the Northumberland County Public School System will be recognized along with the school systems in Richmond and Lancaster Counties, for partnership and dedication to the 2nd Grade Learn to Swim Program (School to Pool).
Each year the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA recognizes individuals from our service area whose leadership and partnership with the YMCA has a lasting impact on the community. Three awards are given, Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.
2nd Grade Learn to Swim is a program that has been providing water safety and swim lessons since 2007, although at the time it was only available in Lancaster County due to a lack of accessible aquatic facilities. From 2007 until 2011 approximately 500 children had participated in the program. The Northumberland Family YMCA opened facilities in 2012 and deepened the already strong partnership with NUCPS by taking on the program as well. Richmond County Public Schools followed suit and joined the effort in 2012.
Over the past 5 years, three Northern Neck school systems have made water safety and swim lessons possible for approximately 1,450 students. Making a grand 10 year total just shy of 2,000 lessons provided.
This year the CEO of our YMCA would like to simultaneously award the Youth Development Award to all three school systems on the Northern Neck partnering to provide water safety and swim lessons to 2nd grade students.
With that I would like to invite each of you to attend the annual meeting and dinner on February 16, 6pm at the City Center Marriott in Newport News. An email will follow with rsvp information. I hope you can attend.
Again, thank you for the partnership.
PS. Theresa, your dedication to this program has been instrumental from day 1. I seem to remember you saying something to the effect of “This is too important not to figure out,” in one of our first meetings in early 2012. Your determination then, and dedication now makes our waterfront community a little safer every year. Thank you!