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La Verne Bengtson, Fargo, Published June 25 2012

Letter to the editor: Give free swimming lessons to all Fargo children

I have wanted to ask the residents of Fargo this question for a very long time but never seemed to get around to asking the question publicly:

Why doesn’t Fargo give free swimming lessons to children?

Years ago, when my daughters were in elementary school, I enrolled them in free lessons at the Island Park pool during the summer months. They rode their bikes to the pool faithfully Monday through Friday mornings. Afternoons, they often returned to the pool and paid to swim. They are excellent swimmers today.

Somewhere over the years, the park board deemed free lessons would not be offered for whatever reason – too costly, not enough teachers, etc. We don’t offer free swimming lessons that conceivably could make the difference between life and death.

My hope is that this letter may spark others, including the park board, to reconsider their programs and start offering free swimming lessons once again.