Community effort to raise funds for swim lessons for children kicks off

A four-week campaign to raise funds for the Faith Callahan Memorial Swim Lesson Scholarship Fund has begun, and will continue through June 14.

The fund pays for swimming lessons for children who live in low-income households in the Des Moines community.

The Des Moines Legacy Foundation, the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District and the Mount Rainier Pool have joined together to raise funds for the summer swim lesson program. These groups share a core value of sustaining a water-safe environment for all citizens.

Nine Americans drown every day and three of them are children. Most never learned how to swim. One of the goals of the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District is to assure that no child in the district ever be one of those statistics because they didn’t have an opportunity to learn to swim.

The swim scholarship program was named in honor of Faith Callahan. She had been a life-long supporter of the Mount Rainier Pool and in her 106 years recognized the importance of water safety, exercise and swimming, in particular.

Through June 14, 2013, the goal is to raise $2,500 from community individuals and businesses. Donations can be made by dropping by Mount Rainier Pool at 22722 19th Ave. S. in Des Moines or by mailing a donation to:

Faith Callahan Memorial Swim Scholarship Program

c/o Des Moines Legacy Foundation

P.O. Box 13582

Des Moines WA 98198

Checks should be made payable to DMLF-Faith.

DMLF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible subject to IRS rules.

The greater Des Moines community is blessed to live, work and shop on the shores of Puget Sound. We are reminded daily of the beauty of Puget Sound and the recreational opportunities it affords us. For the benefit the children of our community, we look forward to community support for this very important program.

To find out more about the Des Moines Legacy Foundation, the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District and the Mount Rainier Pool, please visit, or

Should you have questions or comments, please call 206.406.3225.

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