It’s Pool-a-thon time again: its 26th annual fundraiser!
The proceeds from the North County Recreation District NCRD Pool-a-thon support the NCRD/ Nehalem Elementary School Swim and Water Safety Awareness Program which has existed in some form since 1930.
At that time, the school district was planning an addition to the school in Nehalem. The drowning of two local teenage boys prompted the community to ask the school district to add a natatorium.
Even though it was during the Great Depression, there was overwhelming community support to teach every child how to swim to avoid future tragedies.
85 years later in this area surrounded by water and dominated by water related recreation, we continue to accomplish our mission of providing Swim Instruction & Water Safety to all Nehalem Elementary Students. The goal has been to offer a safe environment where the students can learn to swim, and be educated in water safety, while instilling the value of swimming as a lifetime skill and healthy recreational activity. The skills they learn in the pool could save their life or the life of another.
The NCRD School Swim Program reaches out to every Nehalem Elementary student Kindergarten through fifth grade. This also includes the Neah-Kah-Nnie District #56 adaptive Swim Program.
Historically the community has accomplished something extraordinary in financially sponsoring students who are swimming laps for dollars during pool-a-thon.
By pledging money or making a donation to a student swimmer, you can help guarantee all the children will continue to benefit from this vital and historic program.
Participating kids will be canvassing throughout the community Jan. 22 through Feb. 27 looking for sponsors who will pledge dollars for their swimming efforts.
The Pool-a-thon will take place Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Donations can be mailed to: Pool-a-thon 2016 P.O. Box 207 Nehalem OR 97131
For more Information contact the NCRD poll at 503-368-7121 or Sue Dindia-Gray at 503-368-6238.