Water safety class a first at Berryville Community Center

Monday, August 25, 2003
Listen up! -- Berryville Parks and Recreation Director Emma Allison, right, taught a Red Cross Water Safety course to students this summer. From left, Jessica Costner, Tori Grim, Stephanie Hughes, Destiny Gimenez, Paige Goodman-Wolven, Ricki Rokeby, Jaya Wallace, and Melissa Harper get instructions. Not pictured, Levi Mock. CCN/David McNeal

BERRYVILLE ---- Ramona McNeal has reported that the Berryville Community Center and the Clear Spring school in Eureka Springs have collaborated on the first water safety course given at the Berryville Community Center.

Nine students completed a four-hour class on July 31, using the Red Cross Water Safety manual. Each student will receive a Community Water Safety card for their efforts.

The course was sponsored in part by a grant from the Carroll County Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Counsel. The grant was written by the Development Committee of the Clear Spring School in order to make available water safety classes to the community.

Emma Allison, Director of the Berryville Community Center, taught the class to a group of students ranging in age from 11 to 16. Allison's patience, skill and adept teaching methods produced a meaningful and fun event.

Thanks go to the parents that allowed their children to participate in the life-changing and perhaps life-saving event.

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