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June 8, 2006
Photo Opportunity - Media Advisory - “Swim to Survive” graduates demonstrate new skills
Students first in Toronto to benefit from pilot program aimed at saving lives

Members of the media are invited to C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute to see the final set of Toronto District School Board (TDSB) elementary students graduate from a pilot program aimed at teaching Grades 3, 4, and 5 students to survive an unexpected fall into water. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the TDSB, the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and the Lifesaving Society.

When: Friday, June 9 at 1:45 p.m.

Where: C.W. Jefferys C.I., Pool Deck, 340 Sentinel Rd. (Finch Ave. W. and Keele St.)
(Please use the “Swimming Pool Entrance,” off the north parking lot. Appropriate footwear recommended)

Who: Grades 3 and 4 TDSB students and teachers
Councillor Janet Davis, Chair, Toronto Aquatic and Pool Strategy Working Group
Sheila Cary-Meagher, Trustee, TDSB
Representatives from Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the TCDSB and the Lifesaving Society

What: Grade 3 students will demonstrate skills and receive graduation certificates

This City/school board partnership program responds to concerns about the level of swimming ability in many school-aged children. The pilot utilizes and expands on the curriculum designed by the Lifesaving Society for its “Swim to Survive” course. Approximately 600 Grades 3, 4 and 5 students from both the TDSB and the TCDSB are participating in the pilot program. The pilot will evaluate the effectiveness of teaching students swimming survival skills in a total of three, five, or seven 45-minute classes.

Media contact:

Wynna Brown
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
General Manager’s Office
416-791-3414 (cell)



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