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YMCA Seeks Community Support for Swim Program

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

SecondGradeSwinROCKY MOUNT – The Y’s second grade swim program is about to enter its fourth year of providing water safety and swim lessons to all public school second
graders, free of charge. The program is provided as a means of ensuring that all county youth are able to stay safe around local lakes, rivers and pools, and to avoid drowning in a water emergency.

“As someone who almost drowned as a kid I understand how important it is for students to learn basic water safety,” says Kameron Kitts, Aquatics Director at the YMCA.

This year the Y plans to teach up to 600 second graders in the SAW, or safety around water program. The Y hires additional aquatics instructors and lifeguards, in addition to its normal aquatics staff, to provide high quality instruction in a safe environment. To offset these additional expenses, the Y has been running a special campaign to raise funds.

“It’s a big program and requires community support to make it happen. We’ve had some great sponsors and support already this year but have a little farther to go to fully fund the program,” says Kitts.
Nationally, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death, and one of every five fatal drownings is a child 14yrs or younger. Up to 70% of second graders in Franklin County aren’t able to pass the introductory swim test, which means that they wouldn’t be able to save themselves in a water emergency. By the end of the two week program, 88% of the students are able to float for 30 seconds or more or swim a 5 foot distance, which is
statistically proven to save lives.

Donations to the program can be made through the Franklin County YMCA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 720, Rocky Mount VA 24151. All donations to the Y and this program are tax deductible.

“We’re looking forward to another year with the county’s second graders and hope the community will help support this vital program,” says Kitts.

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Ferrum Man Charged with Making Meth

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

MichaelAlbertKoningFERRUM - Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department arrested a Ferrum man on methamphetamine charges Tuesday. 

Michael Albert Koning, 52 is charged with manufacturing meth and possession with intent to distribute meth. 

The arrest came after the Sheriff's Office Patrol Division and Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of Stanley Branch Road in Ferrum Tuesday. 

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YMCA Preschool Inspires Youth Involvement

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Preschool and Youth GroupROCKY MOUNT - The Rocky Mount Baptist Church worked on a youth project over the summer where 18 youth (at VBS) painted crates and tires for the Y Land of Wonder Preschool. The colorful crates are being used in each classroom to hold the children's blocks, puzzles, books, etc. The tires will be used to extend the preschool's vegetable garden outside.

This is the second year that Land of Wonder Preschoolers helped plant and maintains a garden outside of their playground. They've been learning all about "farm to table" and the importance of farmers, gardening, & healthy eating.

“We'd like to thank the Rocky Mount Baptist Church Youth Group for reaching out to our preschool and providing us with some beautiful additions for our school! Thanks to the Sweeney Family for delivering these to the Y and to Erin Lynch for coordinating it all!” says Hope Vaccaro Preschool Director with the Y.

The Y Land of Wonder Preschool runs year-round and is open Mon - Fri, 6AM - 6PM. For more information about our preschool (rated as a VA Quality Center) please call 540-489-9622