Lessons Learned When Top PA Official Opens His Pool to Public
Kids have been swimming -- and learning to swim -- for free all summer at Lt. Gov.'s mansion.
Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor and his wife are known for being a little unorthodox, so people who know them weren't all that surprised when the couple decided to open their pool to the public this summer.
Gisele Fetterman (L) and Frances Wolf (R) talk to reporters.
Today, John (that's him, top picture, middle, in the black hat) and Gisele Fetterman, and the state's First Lady Frances Wolf stopped by to see how it's going and visit with a group of 20 kids from Refreshing Springs Mission Church , who travelled all the way from Aliquippa, west of Pittsburgh, to swim. Both women told reporters they were happy to see the young people having fun on such a beautiful day:
The Fettermans and their three children have chosen not to live in the Lt. Governor's mansion in Fort Indiantown Gap, near the state capitol. Since no one was using the 30-by-40-foot swimming pool, the Fettermans invited organizations that serve underserved kids to swim for free this summer.
Kids from Aliquippa, Pa. enjoy the pool.
Mrs. Fetterman also created a water safety program at the pool, moved, in part by statistics that show higher drowning rates some demographic groups. The Centers for Disease Control says African American children die of drowning three times more often than white children. The US Swimming Foundation's "Make a Splash" donated $2500 to help cover the cost of lifeguards for groups that couldn't afford them.
8 different groups will have used the pool 14 times by summer's end!
(Images & video: Christina Kaufmann)