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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Teresa Hess, an RN with Parkview Community Outreach, helps Adams first-grader Arodi Tangle properly don a life jacket.

First-graders receive lesson in staying safe near water

With the last day of school mere hours away, students at Adams Elementary took some time Thursday to learn about staying safe around the water in the summer.

Parkview nurse Teresa Hess, who serves Fort Wayne Community Schools students at Brentwood and Adams elementaries, talked with students about the dangers of swimming alone, how deep a pool should be before diving in and how to wear a life jacket the correct way.

“What we’re trying to do here is to help kids stay safe. If we can prevent even one death, then it’s worth it,” Hess said.

Arodi Tangle, 7, was selected to try on the life jacket as his first-grade classmates helped instruct him how to properly attach the safety device.

“Sometimes I go on a boat, and we have a pool at my house,” Arodi said. “We don’t want someone to drown, so we need to know how to wear life jackets.”

Hess said about 800 FWCS students in first and second grade this week learned about how to stay safe in the water from one of three Parkview nurses.

– Julie Crothers, The Journal Gazette