SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - "Project Swim" is offering free swimming lessons to children in the ArkLaTex this summer.
Maranda Tucker, 9, and hundreds of other kids in the ArkLaTex have received free swim lessons courtesy of "Project Swim". It was an initiative that started two years ago after the tragic deaths of six teenagers along the Red River.
"We attempted to figure out what, it any, good could come about from such a tragic set of circumstances," says Cedric Glover, Shreveport's mayor, who announced today that the project received a significant donation.
The Hertz family donated more than $15,000 to the program to allow an additional 450 kids take part in the program.
In total, over the past two years more than 2,000 kids have been given the opportunity to take advantage of free lessons.
"Not only do we feel like we are saving the lives of those 2,000 kids but we are giving them skills so they can save the life of another child," says Shelley McMillian, CEO of Rock Solid, the organization that teaches the classes.
To register for classes, which start on Monday, you can go to the Rock Solid offices at 9333 Linwood Avenue. The office is located inside the basketball gym at Calvary Baptist. Or call 318-402-7242.