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Fairview Park’s Goldfish Swim School raising money for community lessons

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — Since opening its doors in 2017, Fairview Park’s Goldfish Swim School has been committed to giving back to the community.

“In the past we tried to do more one-off things,” Fairview Park Goldfish Swim School General Manager and owner Michael Morris said.

“Like during the holidays we take nominations from our member base for a deserving family.

“We then give free swim lessons for a year to that family’s children.

So we’ve done it on a smaller basis, and this year we’re trying to do it on a larger scale to reach more people.”

The roughly 90 Goldfish Swim School national locations having recently joined the USA Swimming Foundation.

In celebration of May being National Water Safety Awareness Month, each venue is raising money to support swim safety with the “Float it Forward” campaign.

“The idea is really to open up and give opportunity to populations that traditionally wouldn’t have the chance to learn to swim,” Morris said.

“We feel so passionate about that because drowning is the No. 1 cause in death in children under the age of 4.

“It’s also the No. 3 cause of death for children between ages 5 and 19.

So we’re trying to give access to people who might otherwise not have swim lessons in our community.”

The “Float it Forward” campaign has two parts.

Each location hopes to raise $2,500 towards a donation to USA Swimming Foundation, with the funds used nationally. Morris said the Fairview Park Goldfish Swim School is doing more by adding a local component.

“We’ve decided to match essentially dollar for dollar any money that we raise through the effort,” Morris said. “We’re going to give a like amount back in swim lessons and focus on children in the Fairview Park community.

Goldfish Swim School offers infant swim and toddler swim lessons, as well as child programs designed to help keep children safe in and around water.

“We’re a swim-safety, learn-to-swim school,” Morris said.

“We offer 30-minute swim lessons and currently serve 1,700 children a week in Fairview Park. Each child is placed in a level based on their age and ability.

“Every lesson is a combination of swim skills, as well as safety skills. So they’re learning both how to swim properly, as well as how to be safe in and around the water.

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