Jackson Silas Cole was a three year old little man that loved his big sister Makenna. He loved his family, his friends and his superheroes. Any chance he got, Jackson was dressing up in his torn-up Spider-man costume or his two sizes too small Hulk outfit. Jackson loved music and singing along to the radio. He always looked at the world with his amazing blue eyes and pondered.
Jackson’s Heroes Foundation Mission Statement
We want to be able to give back to our community, and do so through Jackson’s name. We chose the YMCA and their 2nd Grade Swim Initiative Program in hopes that we could be a hero to a child and teach them to swim.
More about the YMCA:
Participation in formal lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in kids ages 1-4 years. The YMCA is one of the leading water instruction organizations in the United States, dedicated to helping reduce the incidence of drowning through education and practical swim instruction for individuals of all ages. They serve the community as a resource in aquatic education and water safety through student-centered swim instruction. Children learn and practice new swim skills that last a lifetime. Swimmers become more comfortable and secure around water as they emphasize water-safety.
2nd Grade Swim:
The goal of the 2nd Grade Swim Initiative Program is to emphasize basic water safety skills. This program grew from the YMCA of the USA’s scientifically-based “Safety Around Water” program. Between 5 and 7% of children are identified as needing additional skills. More than 1,000 children participated in during the 2016-2017 school year in collaboration with the Bristol and Centennial School Districts. Plans are underway to include all Bucks County school districts over the next 3-5 years.