October 10th, 2021
October declared I Can Swim! month
Swimming/water safety program celebrates 10th anniversary
The Board of Garrett County Commissioners proclaimed October as I Can Swim! Month in Garrett County, highlighting the swimming and water safety instruction provided by the program. Pictured, left to right are: (back row) Garrett College Foundation (GCF) Executive Director Cherie Krug, GCF Board Member Lori Youse, Garrett College President Richard Midcap, Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) Aquatics/Group Fitness Program Coordinator Angela Luby, and Garrett County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Nicole Miller, and (front row) County Commission Chair Paul Edwards, County Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh, and County Commissioner Larry Tichnell.
The Board of Garrett County Commissioners has declared October to be I Can Swim! Month, recognizing the initiative that provides all Garrett County kindergarteners with basic swimming and water safety instruction.
The recognition comes as I Can Swim!, founded in 2011, celebrates its 10th anniversary. This year, the program will involve both kindergartners and first-graders to catch last year's kindergarteners who missed ICS! due to a COVID-related program hiatus.
"I'd like to thank the Garrett County Commissioners for designating October as I Can Swim! month," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president. "I'm grateful to the commissioners for raising awareness about this valuable initiative, as well as the annual financial contribution the commissioners have been providing to the I Can Swim! Program."
The program is a collaborative partnership between Garrett College, the Garrett College Foundation, the Garrett County Board of Education, and the Garrett County Commissioners.
"We are excited to celebrate the ‘I Can Swim' program," said Garrett County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Baker. "This endeavor has resulted in thousands of Garrett County students learning to swim. We appreciate the partnership with Garrett College and the supportive staff at the CARC (Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex). If one life is saved, we will have done our job!"
"The I Can Swim! Program affords a unique opportunity to GCPS students that provides essential life-saving skills while also promoting student confidence specific to sound decision making and instilling the joy that comes from being physically active," said Dr. Nicole Miller, chief academic officer for the Garrett County Public Schools.
"GCPS is thrilled to partner with many others who are working collectively to provide this exceptional enrichment program to all Garrett County kindergarten students," added Miller.
"This program is just one more example of how Garrett County organizations work together for the good of the public," said Midcap. "I appreciate all the Foundation, the Board of Education, and the commissioners do to support the College's work in this area."
Utilizing the CARC, located on Garrett College's main campus, students receive free American Red Cross basic swimming and water safety instruction. By incorporating the I Can Swim! program into the school day, the Garrett County Board of Education is able to provide school bus transportation for the children to the CARC.
For more information on the I Can Swim! program, individuals may contact the Garrett College Foundation Office at 301-387-3131.