Save the Elk Elementary Center Pool Before It's Too Late!

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Save the Elk Elementary Center Pool Before It's Too Late!

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Patrick Kerr started this petition to Kanawha County Schools and

The pool at Elk Elementary Center (EEC) provides students with the opportunity to learn swimming skills throughout the school year from an early age. Learning to swim is life-saving for our children. The EEC pool also serves as a resource to community organizations, and students in programs at other schools.

Historically, the pool has reflected EEC's commitment to innovation in student health and fitness programming (see this link for an example). EEC is the only elementary school in West Virginia that offers school-based swimming instruction; we are the only elementary school in the state with a pool.

Our pool has been closed, and students have not been able to participate in swimming at the school, for several months now because a leak in the pool needs to be repaired. The leak is fixable, and the pool can be repaired. However, because of the anticipated cost of the repairs that need to be made, a potential plan to close the pool and to use the space for other purposes has been proposed. 

If the EEC pool is closed, our children will lose this unique and irreplaceable resource for school-based swimming instruction, which builds motor skills, self-confidence, and life-saving swimming skills. Many children at our school would not have access to swimming instruction anywhere else because of the cost. Additionally, the community will lose a valuable resource for aquatic activities.

Sign this petition to tell Kanawha County Schools leadership to invest the necessary fiscal resources to repair the EEC pool, and preserve this invaluable resource for our children and out community. 

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