EDINA, MINN. – Sept. 21, 2011 – For the fourth year in a row, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation has provided grants to local community groups dedicated to educating youths and parents on pool and spa safety.

 This year’s grants include:

  • $25,000 to the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis and the YMCA of Greater Saint Paul, which will use the funds to continue sponsoring “Water Safety Classes” for local children from immigrant and low-income backgrounds.
  • $3,000 to the Blaisdell YMCA in south Minneapolis, which will use the grant to educate members on drain entrapment prevention, supervision tips, swim lessons and general water safety messages. The funding will also help underwrite costs for transporting children from around south Minneapolis to the Y. This grant will also be matched by Safe Kids MN.
  • $2,500 to Cherokee Heights Elementary in St. Paul, which will use the funding to underwrite the costs associated with sending two elementary school staff through the American Red Cross lifeguard certification course. The money will also help pay for lifeguards during non-school times. The school uses the pool during the year to provide all grades (K-6) with swimming lessons.

“We’re excited to help these groups fulfill their missions of promoting pool and spa safety,” said Katey Taylor, Abbey’s mother, and co-founder and president of Abbey’s Hope. “Each year we set out to partner with groups that align with our goals of education, vigilance and compliance.”

“The grant has real impact on the community,” said Shannon Kinstler, aquatics product manager for the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis and the YMCA of Greater Saint Paul. “With it, plus a matching grant from Hawkins Inc., the Y’s program will reach 2,600 children with 200 minutes of swim and water safety education,” she said.

Since 2008, Abbey’s Hope has granted more than $300,000 to Twin Cities-based swimming, and pool and spa safety organizations.

About Abbey’s Hope:

Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover.

The Foundation’s goal is to:

  • Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
  • Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
  • Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning. 

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at abbeyshope.org.

 

 

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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