June 8, 2018-- Freshmen at all three district high schools met with Dr. Gene Hession of the United States Lifeguard Association to learn about swim safety this week. At High School South, NBC news reporter Brian Thompson visited to film and interviewed students about the importance of this message. The ensuing feature aired yesterday afternoon on the network.
"This is the second year that Toms River HS South has welcomed Dr. Gene Hession of the United States Lifeguard Association to share his important message about swim safety," said HSS Principal James Ricotta, Jr. "Being so close to the Toms River, Barnegat Bay, and Atlantic Ocean, we feel it is our obligation to educate our students about rip currents and swim safety."
During the presentation students were taught how to swim in areas that have lifeguards, talk to lifeguards about the tides, and how to protect themselves from dangerous situations. The objective is to keep students safe so they can enjoy the summer months at the Jersey Shore.
Superintendent David Healy was also in attendance at HSS to help stress the importance of the message.
"Toms River is one of the largest Jersey Shore communities with most of our 16,000 students visiting our beaches each day. The safety of our students is always our number one priority on land and in this case in the water," said Superintendent David Healy. "Being able to include the United States Lifesaving Association as one of our many partners in this effort is just one more vital component of our 'it takes a village approach.'
"Under the leadership of USLA president Dr. Eugene Hession, we've been able to provide our students the resources and knowledge to keep them safe, even during the summer month, off school grounds and in the ocean. We thank Dr. Hession and his team for their support, but most importantly for their sincere caring for the welfare of our students."
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