Annual Pool-A-Thon makes fundraising waves

Kids pose for the annual Pool-A-Thon. – Photo by Sue Dindia-Gray

The 27th Annual Pool-a-thon fundraiser  celebrates the NCRD School Swim Program.Pool-A-Thon makes fundraising Waves with 56 swimmers taking part on Feb. 18.  Eleven students were not able to swim but raised funds for the program.  Sixty-seven total participants took part in this year’s event.

Currently there are still pledge packets still being submitted so the total amount raised is estimated at this point but at last count the amount was resting around $13,400 raised so far.  The total could take up to six weeks to finalize in the weeks to come.  The celebratory party on Feb. 25 for pool-a-thon participants proved very successful.  Fifty kids were present.

Lunch, cake, bouncy house, prizes, and swimming rounded out a fun filled afternoon for everyone involved with the Pool-A-Thon.

A total of 2,519 lengths were swam which equals 35 miles.  The excitement and enthusiasm generated throughout the natatorium was infectious.  Student swimmers showcased their acquired swim skills for 150 adoring and supportive family and friends.  A true demonstration of endurance and dedication to the school swim program.

Eight Neah-Kah-Nie Junior High Students (alumni of the School Swim Program) volunteered at both events earning community service hours while giving back to the program that taught them swim skills through their grade school years, causing a ripple effect throughout the community.

All proceeds go directly to the School Swim Program.