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Project Swim: Keeping kids safe for the summer

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The ArkLaTex has suffered a tragic week on the waters after three people drowned and two others remain missing.

Tragic events at the Red River nearly three years ago is the inspiration behind the creation of free swim lessons for thousands of kids. Six young people drowned in the Red River back in August 2010. The group was trying to save a member of their group who slipped underwater.

In 2011, Project Swim was created.

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is set to announce the third year of Project Swim Tuesday morning. Both Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation and Rock Solid work together to teach free swim lessons at local pools. This year, the program has been funded $72,000 and expects to teach 1,500 kids.

Last year, the program taught more than 1,200 kids how to swim.

Registration for this year's Project Swim program starts Wednesday, June 12th. Lessons will begin June 17th and last until July 26th.

To sign up for lessons through Project Swim, you must register in person at Rock Solid inside the Calvary Dome located at 9333 Linwood Avenue. Office hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Officials say registration is first come, first served.

No phone registration allowed.

If you have any questions, you can call Rock Solid Sports at 318-402-7242 or 318-773-2828.

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