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More money going to swimming lesson vouchers for eligible children

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
June 11, 2015

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Jon Burstein, Communications Specialist
Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
(C) 561.703.2192; 
jon.burstein@cscpbc.org

 

BOYNTON BEACH- Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County will be giving an additional $25,000 to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County to provide swimming lesson vouchers to eligible children.

The infusion of money comes on top of a plan announced last month for Children’s Services Council to match up to $50,000 in business contributions to the voucher program for each of the next three years.

“Teaching children how to swim is a key element in keeping them safe around water,” said Lisa Williams-Taylor, CEO of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. “Swimming lessons, parental supervision and barriers around pools are all essential in protecting our children.”

The past week marks one of the saddest weeks in recent Palm Beach County history involving children and water. Three children died in unrelated water incidents within 48 hours. In the last decade, more than 50 children have drowned in Palm Beach County.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County distributes $50 vouchers to needy families, which can be used for 6-8 swimming lessons at about 20 public pools in Palm Beach County. This year, the Coalition ran out of vouchers in just four days, giving out approximately 400 of them.

The $25,000 contribution from Children’s Services Council will be used to fund about 500 vouchers, more than doubling the vouchers distributed so far this year.

“We are very excited to be able to provide free or reduced-cost lessons to those in need,” said Anna Stewart, manager of the Drowning Prevention Coalition. “This is a great opportunity for parents or caregivers to have their children learn basic life-saving skills.”

Children’s Services Council also has partnered with the Palm Beach County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association for a match program that could potentially provide swimming lesson vouchers to up to 2,000 additional children annually. For every dollar contributed by local businesses to the Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association for swimming lesson vouchers, Children’s Services Council will match. Children’s Services Council’s total match can reach up to $50,000 annually for the next three years.

Children’s Services Council also has been funding billboards and radio ads raising public awareness about water safety. In addition, a new brochure for the Drowning Prevention Coalition has been distributed throughout the county. The brochure features a map and directory of the 24 pools in Palm Beach County where parents can sign their children up for swim lessons. The brochures can be ordered for free from Children’s Services Council.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition is funded by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.

The swimming lesson vouchers are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents or caregivers can apply for the vouchers either online at www.pbcgov.org/dpc or can e-mail astewart@pbcgov.org to receive an application. For questions about the vouchers, please contact Anna Stewart at 561.616.7068.

If you have any questions in general, please contact Jon Burstein, communications specialist with Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, at 561.374.7616 (office), 561.703.2192 (cell) or jon.burstein@cscpbc.org

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Children’s Services Council, a local special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014, provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. 

To learn more, please visit www.cscpbc.org.

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