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Students learn life-saving skills in YMCA program

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Noah Gamache, St. Teresa's Teacher Noah Gamache, St. Teresa's Teacher
Angelica Malinao, Third Grade Student Angelica Malinao, Third Grade Student
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some Albany students are using part of their day at school to learn about water safety at the YMCA.     

Third graders from St. Teresa's are participating in the Y's SPLASH program.  They walk over to the "Y" twice a week for a month to learn life-saving swimming skills.  The program is designed to reduce the number of drownings in the County.    

"Basically it all started because Dougherty County had a lot of drowning deaths or has always had a lot of drowning deaths, so it's kind of to educate the community about water safety and how to swim," said Noah Gamache.    

"It's really good, since I don't really know how to swim, it's good practice," said Angelica Malinao.

 The program is free for students.  School officials plan to involve more grade levels in the future and the YMCA hopes to include other schools.

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