PCS, Vidant partner for adaptive PE program

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – A collaborative program between Pitt County Schools and Vidant Medical Center is helping children learn to swim.

The aquatic program is for students in adaptive physical education classes in the school system. It provides children with special needs the opportunity to participate in PE.

Over the last eight weeks, students from Elmhurst Elementary School are learning to swim in the warm water pool as part of the program.

“We have seen so much growth with the kids, their water safety skills, their comfort in the water has definitely increased,” said Susan Callis, Senior Recreational Therapist. “And we’re hoping to make them all more water safe.”

They use the Michael Phelps iM Program, which is a learn to swim program used by the Special Olympics. It’s designed for children of varying intellectual and physical ability.

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