Water Safety for Children
Posted by: Manisha on Aug 30, 2013
Town: South Windsor
What issue did your Take Action project address?
Hannah and I both realized that we had an interest in swimming and so we decided to do a project on how to keep people safe around water. In the local papers we are always reading stories about how kids drown in water because they are being careless around town pools, backyard pools, or even lakes and rivers.
What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
We contacted the Director of Aquatics for the New England chapter of the American Red Cross, and asked him what things that he knew of that caused children to drown. He told us that in most cases that he knew of, there was no parental supervision. He also said that children are just careless and don't pay attention to pool rules or the pool itself. We didn't know this at first, so it was really good information to understand. We decided that it would be fun to create a presentation that included a Jeopardy-type game with prizes to teach kids about water safety. We made arrangements to give this presentation to the kids at a YMCA camp in Hartford, who were around the ages of 8 to 12. We used teamwork and made the Jeopardy game, a demonstration, and interviewed the Director. We divided the work in half and both got together frequently to get the work done quickly and within our time limit.
What were the results? How did it affect the community?
Our Take Action project helped our community to be safe around water. The children we presented to hopefully learned and understood the rules that we taught them. We also gave them a crossword puzzle based on our presentation and a list of places where they can take swimming lessons. If the children take the swimming lessons they will further their knowledge of safe swimming. Overall, we were both really happy that we accomplished everything we wanted to.
What did you learn from the experience?
Public speaking was one really important quality we learned from this project. We also had to talk to adults on the phone and by email. We also used a lot of teamwork during the entire project.