NANTICOKE – A high school senior project could lead to a community swim program for residents of the city.
Anthony Perrone, superintendent of Greater Nanticoke Area School District, said the high school pool has been open three days a week – Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays – during the summer, and he wants to see it become a bigger community resource.
"The pool needs some work, but we hope to generate revenue through a swim program so we can open it to the public more often," Perrone said. "The student project was a great idea – it got a lot of people of all ages to come in and use the pool."
The pool has been open to the greater Nanticoke area community since July 16. The last day for the program is Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $1 for children and $3 per adult.
"There has been a great response with children and adults of all ages using the pool," said Andrea Medura, whose daughter, Constance, is a member of the swim team and one of three students who participated in the pool project.
"Lap swimmers, recreational swimmers and those learning how to swim have benefited from the pool this summer," she added.
Swim team members and others interested in swimming volunteered their time to make this summer program become a reality.
Medura said participants include a woman who is a 5K runner and uses the pool to do water aerobics, and two friends, one who has a hip replacement and the other, a former Nanticoke swim team member, who come in the morning to swim laps.
"And then there are the kids, whose smiles and energy are contagious to everyone," Medura said. "Because of this summer program, they have a place to go where they are exercising and sharing time with family and friends."
In addition to Constance Medura, high school senior Kat Ferrucci and sophomore brother Adam Ferrucci volunteer three days a week to make the summer program available. Swim team members also come to help out.
"Constance and Kat also ran a swim clinic this past April as part of their senior project," Medura said. "The clinic was offered to the Nanticoke Area Middle School students. Members of the swim team also were there to help. They were introduced to the different aspects of swimming and also had an hour of recreational swim time."
Perrone said the pool area is in need of some aesthetic repairs, which are presently in the works; however, there are many items that are needed for swim meets and future programs.
"We are seeking donations to help us reach our goals to bring the pool up to par so that we can provide what is needed to run the programs effectively," Medura said.
She said some donations have come in from Janison's on East Main Street, Jerry & Son Market and attorney Rich Shiptoski.
A "wish list" has been compiled to improve the facility for swim competitions. Medura said the swim team also is seeking alumni or individuals with swimming expertise to help the swim team this year.
Perrone praised the students for the work on the project and he was pleased with the turnout all summer.
"I think we averaged 35 people per day in the pool," he said. "And they were all ages. We want to see more activity in the pool."
Perrone said with school resuming next week, the public swim time will end, but eventually reopen when he can assure that lifeguards will be paid with non-district funds.
"I believe the kids in Nanticoke need an outlet," Perrone said. "The pool should be utilized."