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USA Swimming Foundation Awards ‘Make a Splash’ Grant to Roeper School

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan– In its 10th year partnering with the USA Swimming Foundation, The Roeper School was chosen as one of 78 ‘Make a Splash’ programs in the U.S. to receive grant money from the foundation in 2018. This award will go towards Roeper’s continued efforts to provide affordable swim lessons to at-risk children.

African-American and Latino children are three times more likely to drown due to lack of life-saving swimming skills. Roeper understands this need and is the only independent school in the state of Michigan to offer this outreach to its neighbors. To date, the school has served over 600 children.

“We are appreciative and thrilled to be chosen for this grant,” shared Carolyn Lett, Roeper’s Director of Diversity and Community Programs. “The money we receive will be used to provide swim instruction for 100 children living within Metro Detroit.  Our goal is to assist those children who are most at risk by giving them the opportunity to learn the life-saving skill of swimming.”

The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $436,515 to programs across the country that will provide swim lessons to an estimated 16,000 children. For program details or to volunteer as a swim instructor with ‘Make a Splash’ at Roeper, contact Carolyn Lett at

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