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