2018 Swim-A-Thon Raises Over $2,000!
The annual Swim-A-Thon “splashed off” at the Merakey Allegheny Valley School Pittsburgh Campus indoor pool on April 2. Ten students from Seneca Valley High School were paired with individuals supported by Merakey AVS to swim laps while making new friends. This year, the event was run by Seneca Valley senior Sophia Gaguzis, who raised over $2,000! Funds will support the purchase of recreation and sensory equipment.
“It is inspiring to have students from Seneca Valley run a swim-a-thon each year to raise funds to support our programs,” commented, Executive Director of Development and Communications, Dorothy Gordon. “Swimming is a fantastic activity for the individuals supported by Merakey AVS as it develops strength and provides those who utilize a wheelchair for mobility to move freely in the water. The interaction between all the participants is wonderful.”
The project began six years ago when a Seneca Valley senior Jackie Curtz had an idea to combine her senior year service project with her love of swimming. The individuals supported by Merakey AVS at the Pittsburgh Campus have enjoyed a fun-filled day of recreation ever since. The total raised over the years from the program amounts to more than $9,200.
“This project brings high school students and individuals together to work towards a common goal, and I think it is important to interact with individuals of all ages and stages of life to fully understand the world in which we live in today,” Jackie said. “The most rewarding thing is to see the positive impact that this project has on the individuals and volunteers who participate,” Jackie commented. “It is awesome that each year a new student has put their own touch on the project. I have loved watching it grow and impact so many people.”