Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 6:22 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Students learn essential water skills




Recently, 96 shivering and self-conscious seventh grade students from Homer Middle School donned survival suits, splashed around the high school pool and learned essential cold water survival techniques from safety instructor Anna Borland-Ivy. On behalf of the seventh grade teachers and the administration of HMS, we would like to thank the Homer Foundation and the Dave and Mary Schroer Fund for their support of this truly important and incredibly fun program. As well, we wish to offer our appreciation to AMSEA (Alaska Marine Safety Education Association) for providing the cold water survival curriculum and equipment without charge.

Many of our middle school students will spend their summers working and recreating on Alaska waters. We take comfort in knowing they have learned skills that will help them safely return to school each fall.

Margi Blanding and Ingrid McKinstry,

Seventh grade teachers at Homer Middle School

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