Elementary school students making a splash in Washington Local’s swim class

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 5-14 in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control reports 4,000 people in the U.S. die from drowning every year. Of those, 1,000 are children. Because of that, Washington Local School District aims to keep its students safe and counter that statistic by offering swim classes.

The eight-week program started Tuesday for second graders at Silver Creek and Meadowvale elementary schools. Meadowvale’s principal, Melissa Hall, said they are working with the West Toledo and Francis Family YMCA locations.

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