THE GREATER COLUMBUS SWIM SCHOOL's

MAKE A SPLASH PROGRAM

offered in conjunction with the USA Swimming Foundation

Financial Assistance Swimming Lesson Information

  Why should a child learn to swim? Because learning to swim significantly reduces the risk of drowning. This is not just about swimming pools as water is all around us - in rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, even large puddles. Equipping a child with the life skill of swimming will also be giving them access to all the fun and fitness the water can provide! GCSTO (www.gcsto.com) is one of the USA Swimming Foundation’s (www.usaswimming.org) LOCAL PARTNERS in this nationwide effort to help teach kids to swim who may not have had the opportunity otherwise to learn to do so due to financial restrictions. GCSTO receives a $5,000 grant from the USA Swimming Foundation and then adds over another $4,000 to that grant money to make this program available.

Data shows that

* 70% of African American children cannot swim

*  60% of Latino children cannot swim

* 40% of Caucasian children cannot swim

* 10 people drown each day in the U.S.

* Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood unintentional death for children under the age of 14 

* Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%

Spring Make A Splash Sessions

  Not only does GCSTO provide scholarships for individuals taking lessons through their regular programming schedule but the team hosts specific “Make A Splash” events to the community free of any charge to those who qualify. They will hold 2 sessions of these lessons this spring at the Columbus Academy in Gahanna from 10:45-11:45 a.m. on the following Saturdays:

Session #1: April 11, 18 & 25

Session #2: May 2, 9 & 16 (Note... on May 9th we will need to go from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.)

Spring Session Registration Information

1 - Please fill out a Make A Splash application (see the table below).

2 - Please secure the required proof of financial need information which is proof of household income in relation to dependents (as reflected in your previous year’s federal or state income tax records with personal ID information blacked out) and proof that this is an immediate family member (a copy of any legal document demonstrating this relationship). If your child is on a school lunch program you need only provide proof of this in order to qualify.

3 - Please send in both documents along with which session it is for which you are registering to  GCSTO PO Box 30483, Gahanna, OH 43230 Attn: "Jacinta Batisky/MAS". We will then contact you confirming receipt of your information.    

You may get more information by contacting GCSTO Make A Splash coordinator, Jacinta Batisky at [email protected]. Additional information can be obtained from GCSTO head coach, Steve Nye, at 614-478-5445 or [email protected]. Pre-registration is required so please contact us quickly for more information.

NOTE: Anyone receiving a Make A Splash scholarship with us for any amount who then does not show up for the session will automatically become ineligible for any future MAS scholarships with our program.

Important Documents For Financially Assisted Programming (Our Make A Splash Program)

Make A Splash Application This must be filled out by each participant the first time they are with us during our insurance year (our insurance year extends from May 15 of the current year until May 14 of the ensuing year)  
Make A Splash Brochure This gives you the information on all of our costs, dates, days & time along with specific registration instructions (as found in the REGISTRATION INFORMATION section on page 2). This informational packet is exactly the same as our regular programming brochure but with all of the Make A Splash financial requirements and information found at the end of this document.  

 

Year Around Additional Scholarship Options

Service Group Scholarships
GCSS has designated a portion of this grant money to provide FREE short term swim lesson programming/instruction to community based service groups (camps, daycares, special interest groups, churches, and other such organizations) who reach parts of our community who may otherwise rarely, if ever, be able to receive such qualified instruction. This is not for just any group but specifically for groups servicing those in financial need and those who clearly have little opportunity to receive swimming lesson instruction. Interested groups should contact GCSS head instructor, Erin Harris ([email protected] or 614-582-2597), with their request and should provide us with a complete description of their service entity and the community members that they service. In terms of the request, we would need to know the approximate age range & overall number of the participants you wish to service. As well, we’ll need to know your availability for classes (what days and times) and how many classes it is that you wish to arrange. We will arrange up to 3.00 hours of free instruction for all of your swimmers set up in 30 to 45 minute classes (6 or 4 class meetings, respectively). Each service organization may have up to 50 participants each receiving the 3 hours of free instruction. Each participant will be required to have a program application filled out and signed by their parent or legal guardian. Grant monies will be used to pay our own internal required insurance premium for each swimmer, any pool rental accrued as a result of the programming and all fees associated with paying our instructors. That total amount will be applied towards the $3,000 allocated for this program. 100% of these funds will be allocated to this program as required by the MAS grant guidelines and we will service as many groups as it takes to utilize all such funding. 

Individual Scholarships
GCSS has designated the remaining portion of this grant money to provide scholarships to individual swimmers for group lessons within our program who may have difficulty, otherwise, affording such quality instruction. This scholarship money will initially be available to 2 basic groups.

1 – One group qualified for funding will be immediate family members of our active American armed forces. The armed forces included here will be Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine & Navy. Immediate family members include the armed force member themselves, their spouse and their children. Each participating family member will be eligible for a 50% reduction in instructional fees for up to 2 (two) sessions of lessons per individual per year. Proof of active military status (provide by your branch of the armed forces) and proof that this is an immediate family member (a copy of any legal document demonstrating this relationship) must be provide with this Make A Splash application (note that this is a special application so please make sure to fill out the right one). Once your application and proof of active military duty & family member status has been received we will notify you of your grant award status within 7 days. Interested individuals should contact GCSS head instructor, Erin Harris ([email protected] or 614-582-2597) with questions. Applications for this aspect of our program should be sent to GCSS, Attn: Erin Harris, PO Box 10227, Columbus Ohio 43201. 

2 - The other group qualified for funding will be immediate family members low income households. Low income family households shall be described as households with a gross yearly income under 140% of 2011 federal poverty guidelines according to household members as follows:

Persons In Family (including parents) Annual Income Qualification Standard
1 $14,157
2 $19,123
3 $24,089
4 $29,055
5 $34.021
6 $38,987

Each participating family member will be eligible for a 75% reduction in instructional fees for up to 2 (two) sessions of lessons per individual per year. Proof of household income in relation to dependents (as reflected in your previous year’s federal or state income tax records with personal ID information blacked out) and proof that this is an immediate family member (a copy of any legal document demonstrating this relationship)
must be provide with this Make A Splash application. If your child is on a school lunch program you need only provide proof of this in order to qualify. Interested individuals should contact GCSS head instructor, Erin Harris ([email protected] or 614-582-2597) with questions. Applications for this aspect of our program should be sent to GCSS, Attn: Erin Harris, PO Box 10227, Columbus Ohio 43201.

Note that this is a special application so please make sure to fill out the right one located in the box above. Once your application and proof of income and resident status has been received we will notify you of your grant award status within 7 days.

Special Notes
NOTE: Anyone receiving a Make A Splash scholarship with us for any amount who then does not show up for the session will automatically become ineligible for any future MAS scholarships with our program.

* Sole discretion for the awarding of funding lies with the ownership and management of ACE, Inc. and the GCSS.    

* Once funding runs out each fiscal year, it will not be available until the following year and, as such, all scholarship programming will be put on hold until such time as we are awarded a grant for the ensuing year.

* ACE, Inc., owner/operator of the GCSS, reserves the rights to amend this scholarship program at any point in time and will not be bound by any previously published guidelines so that we can ensure proper use of these funds by individual and group participants.

* ACE, Inc. reserves the rights to reject any scholarship request or revoke any scholarship funding for any reason without bias.