All fourth graders in the Mount Vernon School District participate in a swimming safety education and skill test at the YMCA each year.

Students who do not pass the swim test are invited back for five, free, one-hour swim lessons to improve their skills.

“The aquatics staff feel that with all of the local bodies of water in the area, it’s important to receive water and safety lessons. We feel fortunate that the Mount Vernon School District has made this program a priority for their fourth grade students.” -Jean McAdams, Aquatics Director