Letters to the Editor Swim program deserves to be saved, too

Most would agree that Enumclaw is a great place to grow up and is a wonderful place to raise a family. The school district’s elementary swim program offered to all second- and third-graders and special needs students shows a commitment to this quality of life, while undoubtedly saving lives.

With drowning being the second leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1-14 this community has supported the necessity of water safety. This program has always made the lifesaving skills of knowing how to be safe in and out of the water a No. 1 priority. The confidence and self-esteem this program gives to our youth is secondary to the life skills that they go away with.

Options are being discussed however with the current budget cuts this valuable program will no longer exist.

Letting us make a positive difference in the lives of so many children in this community has been a privilege.

Denise Pulliam

Kristin Munell

Patty Fantello

Karen Jarvis

Current School District Swim Program Staff