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High school students teaching elementary students water safety

Students in Bonneville District 93 are having fun splashing around but also learning a lot. The Bonneville High School “Lifetime Sports” class is teaching students from Bonneville Online Elementary how to swim. They say water safety is important.

“There’s a lot of water around Idaho with canals and lakes and stuff and kids need to know what they’re doing and how to be safe,” says Madi Fullmer,Bonneville High School senior.

The kids are also learning how to help others.

“Reach, throw but never go. Like in the movies you always see the lifeguards jump in and save the kids or that guy saves the girl from the beach. But we want to make sure that kids stay safe on land and help the kids in the water if they’re drowning,” says Bailey Webb, Bonneville High School senior.

And it’s good exercise

“It’s really easy on your body, you’re not damaging joints or anything like that but it’s just as hard of a workout. You’re able to do it all ages. Young, old, middle. Doesn’t matter. It’s a really good workout, it’s good for you to stay healthy,” says Eric Ward, Bonneville High School senior.

Not only are the kids having a blast, the high school students say they’re having fun and feeling a sense of reward.

“I like watching the progress in the kids so they start getting in the water, they’re just scared and they don’t know what they’re doing. And by the end they’re comfortable swimming and they’re comfortable in the water and I love that I have a hand in that process,” says Fullmer

“I love the kids, honestly. I love learning new faces and seeing how they react to different things like the water or swimming in general,” says Webb.

“They were excited to get in the water and they were begging to stay in and not wanting to get out,” says Ward.

The sports activity changes every week. This week they will be scuba diving. The goal of the class is to teach kids new sports and ways to stay healthy.

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