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Sheryl Woods, president, YMCA of Broward County

Last week: The back-to-school sales tax holiday may be welcomed by "parents, students and techies" hoping to get a new tablet or computer, but just as important is having the basics — pens, paper, scissors, notebooks and backpacks. For parents in some of  our underserved communities, it is a welcomed relief when the YMCA, Children's Services Council of Broward, Broward County Public Schools and many other nonprofits and corporations come together to provide backpacks and school supplies to children to ensure their school/academic success. Congratulations to all those individual/groups who support Back to School.

Aug. 4

Looking ahead: Accidental drowning is something we don’t want to see in the news again this summer. It is the leading cause of death among infants and small children in Florida, and Broward County leads the state. The reality is accidental drowning is preventable. In South Florida we’re surrounded by so many bodies of water from lakes to oceans and family pools to intercoastal waterways. I encourage parents to take whatever steps necessary to ensure their child is not the next victim we hear or read about in the local news. There is no substitution for parental supervision, but the next best thing is teaching kids how to be safe in and around the water. Parents, please get your children in a swimming program today. It may save their life.

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