Water safety training for local 5th graders.

"What rivers do we have closer to the city?"

Today 5th graders at Lake Shore Elementary are learning about water safety. With warmer temperatures people will be hitting the lakes, streams and pools to cool off. And Michael Laska with the Eau Claire Fire Department has a plan to keep kids safe this summer.

"Hopefully promote water safety and really our goal is zero deaths"

He along with representatives from the YMCA taught these kids about everything from the importance of wearing a life jacket and knowing how to swim. But Laska says an interactive approach to this presentation helps the kids really retain the safety information they're learning today.

"So a couple of role plays as well to kind of really cement the idea of how important life vests are and really being safe on the water."

So did it work?

"What's the plan? To wear a life jacket and stay with your parents."

I would say so. 5th grader Katy Thul says she loves getting out on the water with her family.

"Our family really likes swimming and kayaking"

So now when she hits the water this summer she will be armed with knowledge to help keep herself and her family safe.
Also in attendance was Kessea Kahl who's grandson Jacob Lee Schultz drowned in Lake Altoona last august. She says she thinks these safety presentations are a great way to keep more kids safe this year on the water.

"If we can save one life, we've saved a family."

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