In an effort to make swim lessons available to all Marion County children, regardless of family income, Community Bank & Trust of Florida once again donated $1,400 to the Learn-to-Swim scholarships to assist families who may not be able to fully afford swim lessons for their children.
"We are always looking for ways to help within our community," said Hugh Dailey, president and CEO of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. "We are happy to be able to assist with this program once again. These scholarships are a great way to assist those who are less fortunate in our community learn a very important life skill."
Central Florida SwimAmerica, located at the College of Central Florida, typically has about 20 families per year who are unable to afford the $70 swim lessons for their children. So far this year, 13 children have benefited from the scholarship program and were able to enroll in swim lessons at The Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center.
"Central Florida SwimAmerica is very appreciative and grateful to Community Bank & Trust of Florida for assisting us in helping the community realize the importance of children and adults learning to swim," said Sue Schwerzel, program director for Central Florida SwimAmerica.
Schwerzel identifies the families who receive the scholarship lessons. These sessions consist of eight, half hour lessons given over a two week period. "Learning to swim is the ONLY lesson that could save you or your child(ren)’s life," added Schwerzel.
Central Florida SwimAmerica offers infant through adult swim lessons. They teach with the most effective method known using progressions developed by United States Swim Coaches. Their goal is to teach children to swim quickly. All coaches are certified by SwimAmerica, an international program of the American Swimming Coaches Association. There are over 800 SwimAmerica programs worldwide. For more information, please call (352) 804-5438 or visit www.ocalaaquatics.com.
Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998. The bank is a member of the FDIC and currently has 11 banking offices with locations in Belleview, Gainesville, Ocala, Summerfield and The Villages. Its primary businesses are comprised of deposit, credit, trust, residential and commercial loans and investment services. The company has over $600 million in assets and employs 127 people.