PSJA ISD starts swimming program for second graders districtwide

PSJA ISD starts swimming program for second graders districtwide
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 4:39pm

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District has started a swimming program for all second grade students. Each second grader has the opportunity to be part of an eight-day swimming program at the Pharr Aquatics Center.

Students from each of the district’s 26 elementary schools have the opportunity to take free-swimming lessons as part of this yearlong program in partnership with the City of Pharr. The students are bused to and from the campus during their physical education period for a 30-minute lesson at the aquatic center.

According to PSJA Athletic Director Orlando Garcia, the main goal is to introduce the students to the water and have them learn about water safety measures.

“We split the students based on their swimming experience and work with them in small groups,” Garcia said. “We are hoping that eventually they will get more in depth instruction as they continue lessons in the city’s summer programs.”

For Dr. William Long Elementary parent Martha Andrade, it has been a great experience for her seven year old as it was the first time he had ever taken swimming lessons.

“I really like the program and the fact that they let parents come and watch the class if they are able to,” Andrade said in Spanish.
For Cynthia Perez, seeing her son Diego improve in one day alone was very exciting to see. “After one day, he was already floating,” she said.

According to PSJA Swimming Coach Melissa Reyna, this is a great way to get children active and excited about swimming. Reyna and her colleague Jonathan Landero have also started competitive swimming and diving programs at the district’s high schools and hope this program can help spark interest early on.

“The students are getting into the routine and having their teachers here with them is also a big help,” Reyna said. “If a parent does not sign the consent form for the child, they are still given an alternate activity at the site and learn about water safety.”

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