There has been four drowning victims this year, in Lake Whitney alone, and one victim at Lake Waco. City officials do not take this matter lightly by promoting water safety in a number of ways.
J.H. Hines Elementary School in Waco, has recently teamed up with Dorris Miller Y, to promote water safety by giving the students swimming lessons during P.E. time. Each student is designated eight days to take their lessons, allowing each student to participate.
The schools P.E. coach, Inga Monreal, says the children are learning valuable lessons that could save their lives. She also says, "I think that's the best joy. Knowing their comfortable in the water, their not scared anymore, and that their going to be able to use those the rest of their life."
One natural resource specialist, Eric Haskell, says that his main concern is promoting water safety, and teaching the community ways to prevent accidents on the lake. He completely supports the program at J.H. Hines Elementary because it is important that all children need to learn water safety at an early age.
Swim and safety coordinator at Dorris Miller Y, Evan Bates, says that the most important aspect of this program, is to teach the kids how to save a life; whether that be their own life, or helping someone else in a dangerous situation.