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Swim program fueled by volunteers
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Thanks to around 50 dedicated volunteers, the local Red Cross Learn to Swim program is staying afloat.Swim lessons began Monday night at Gilley Pool with some 300 children taking part in the first two-week session. Around 200 children and adults are registered for the second two-week session which starts July 22.“We couldn’t do this without the volunteers,” said Jean Gilley, who has been involved with Red Cross swim lessons since 1974. Gilley Pool was named for Jean and her late husband, Bill.Added local Red Cross director Kathy Nesmith, “At a time when so many communities are having to shut down their Learn to Swim programs due to lack of volunteers, our program continues to keep going strong.