Swim lessons for 3rd graders





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Boise

Total Budget: $6,500

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Health: General

Summary: Swimming lessons for 75 third-graders from Whittier Elementary School

Make a Splash is a national water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation in an effort to provide access to swim lessons, at low to no cost, for children across the country. It is a proactive approach to teaching basic swimming and safety skills to our youth and is currently reaching over 2,000 third graders in the Treasure Valley. As Idaho has the second highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation, the Treasure Valley Family YMCA has made it one of our priorities to reverse this statistic.

The Treasure Valley Family YMCA is a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Organization.

Federal Tax ID number is 82-0200908

Whittier Elementary School is a Title One school with many underprivileged students. Boise SW Rotary Club has adopted the school for several projects. They are:

6th Grade - Graduation party at Wahoo.

5th Grade - Christmas lunch with our club at the Riverside, photos with Santa and small gifts.

4th Grade - We pay for bus transportation and arrange a tour of BSU to inspire students to think about attending College.

3rd Grade - Make a Splash, we sponsor the 3rd graders to learn to swim. This is our signature project and the biggest financial commitment of our club.

Rotarian Kyle Woods is our liaison to the school and makes all the arrangements. Rotarian Cliff Naumann is the YMCA Director who oversees this specific program.

To pay for all this, our club has a fundraiser; Spring Fling, in which almost all of our club members participate by buying tickets, selling tickets, donating auction items, or bidding on auction items. Some of our fundraising committee members are Rotarians Rod Mcdowell, Mike Markley, Andrea Thornton, Marshall Baker and George Weissbeck. The principal of Whittier is our special guest at this event and speaks to the need and gratitude that the students have for our support.

The YMCA credits Rotary on their website as a sponsor of Make A Splash:


Expenses incurred by YMCA are in two parts

1. Transportation to and from the school. This includes driver salary, fuel, vehicle depreciation, vehicle maintenance and insurance.

2. Staff salaries for the time spent teaching.

Because the Whittier 3rd Grader expenses are part of the Make a Splash program as a whole, covering 2000 Treasure Valley 3rd graders, and because the Make a Splash program is only one of many programs that utilize the staff and transportation resources, estimating the portion dedicated to our sponsored Whittier 3rd Graders is a best estimate. Receipts for expenses will therefore have to rely on the YMCA letter of receipt. The economy of scale undeniably keeps the cost per student low and therefore is a good value for its sponsors.

Total cost for Whittier 3rd graders is $6500

30% is Transportation $2000

70% is Staff Instruction $4500

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Boise Southwest

Primary Contact: Erik Lund

Email: elundboise@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

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Boise Southwest (5400)









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History Log Entries


by Erik Lund

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Marianne Barker

Tier 3 project proposals require a detailed spending plan. Please add to your project description a delineation of the cost of transportation and the cost of lessons per student. Please also describe how Rotarians in your club will be actively involved in this project.


by Erik Lund

Revised project description submitted.


by Bob Rose

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Bob Rose

System Entry: Project signed by Bob Rose.


by Erik Lund

System Entry: Project signed by Erik Lund.


by Ines Crespo

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by T. J. Adams

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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