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Event Series Event Series: WHALE Tales Water Safety (K-5th grade)

WHALE Tales Water Safety (K-5th grade)

May 21 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Longfellow’s WHALE Tales Water Safety for Children program is for use as a drowning prevention initiative to reduce drowning incidents among children in kindergarten through 5th grade. This program is composed of nine unique water safety lessons to educate young children in a dryland (non-pool)/classroom environment.

WHALE is an acronym for Water Habits Are Learned Early.

Longfellow’s WHALE Tales lessons teach children about water safety in different environments such as pools, waterparks, oceans, lakes and rivers. It also looks at potential water hazards around the home and neighborhood, and touches on sun safety, boating safety and weather concerns. To keep participants engaged, group discussions are complemented by entertaining videos, helpful visuals, fun activities and more. To support learning, there are take-home activity sheets and caregiver letters. Fun stickers and certificates help children share and celebrate what it means to be water smart.

Play It Smart at Your Home, Pool or Park  5/16/24 - 5/16/24

Wave, River or Tide, Water Smarts Are Your Guide  5/21/24 - 5/21/24

Think So You Don’t Sink  5/23/24 - 5/23/24

Reach or Throw, Don’t Go  5/28/24 - 5/28/24

Stay Calm, Think It Through and You Can Know What to Do  5/30/24 - 5/30/24

Free to Members/$5 Non-Members



May 21
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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Northern Lights YMCA
2000 North 30th Street
Escanaba, MI 49829
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