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Pennies for thePlunge

Central Bucks Family YMCA and Centennial Education Foundation will partner to provide swim programs to families within the school district beginning March 20 at Log College Middle School. Swim programs have been offered at the school by the Y since 2014 but pools at Log College and Klinger Middle Schools were closed in September when heating equipment malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. New equipment will be in place in March.

To mark the re-opening of the pools and return of swim lessons, the organizations are planning a “Pennies for the Plunge" fundraising activity which will run until March 3. The school district will encourage students and staff to contribute spare change to collection bins during lunches. The principal at the school that raises the most money will have the distinction of pushing Dr. David E. Baugh, the superintendent of schools, into the pool at the polar plunge event.

At the Y, members and the community are asked to contribute for the chance to push President/CEO Zane Moore into the cold waters. Donations can be made at the Warminster YMCA. The individual who makes the largest donation will have the privilege of the push.

Donations will benefit the Y's 2nd Grade Swim Initiative, which provides free swim safety testing to all 2nd graders in the district with subsequent free swim safety lessons to those who qualify. In 2016, the program benefitted over 315 students in the Centennial School District. The Y and school district plan to repeat the program in 2017.

The “Pennies for the Plunge” event is scheduled for March 9, 4pm at the Log College Middle School pool. The community is invited to attend but only Baugh and Moore will take the plunge. For more information on the plunge or ways you can help, contact Kevin Crail at 267.317.1355 or kcrail@cbfymca.org.

Beginning March 20, preschool and school-age progressive swim lessons for youth age 3 to 12 will commence. Adult swim classes, private swim lessons, open swim and lap swim will also be available. The Y recently opened their branch in Warminster at 624 York Road and the swim programs will provide an added benefit to member families who receive a discounted rate on programs and services. For information on YMCA youth and adult swim programs, visit the Y’s website at www.cbfymca.org for registration information or contact Ashley Coticchio at acotticchio@cbfymca.org. Financial assistance is available.