Aug 12, 2010 1:02 PM by Melissa Canone
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The drownings of six teens last week
prompt elected, civic and church leaders in Shreveport to create a
new program aimed at ensuring that all children have a chance to
learn to swim.
The Times reports that Shreveport officials will hold a
mid-afternoon press conference at Independence Stadium to announce
The program will be called the Stewart-Warner Project Swim,
after the families that each lost three children on Aug. 2. The
teens drowned trying to save each other from a spot where the depth
plunged from 3 feet of water to more than 20.
A news release says the project is designed to make sure that
anyone can learn to swim, regardless of income or whether they
usually have access to a swimming pool.