MORIAH The Essex County Youth Bureau Learn to Swim Program is near the end of its six week run. According to veteran instructor Barbara Dayton, it has been another successful season. The swim program benefits youth from all over the county. Students from many different Essex County towns participate in the program. The swim program provides non-swimmers the opportunity to learn how to swim and for youth that can swim, it is an opportunity to improve their stamina and to learn the different strokes that can be employed while swimming. The swim program also provides a recreational outlet over the long North Country winters. Swimming provides one of the best overall exercise opportunities and does so without risking joint injury. According to Joe Provoncha from the Essex County Youth Bureau, this program is a partnership effort. The Moriah Central School provides an important recreational opportunity to all Essex County youth that would not otherwise exist. As concerns around school age obesity continue to escalate, the value of the swim program becomes even greater. RSVP also supports the swim program by providing volunteers that register young swimmers for the program for the first two weeks of the program. The Essex County Youth Bureau could not provide the swim program alone without t their community partners. The program has experienced heavy participation over the last three years and it was necessary to add additional hours to the instruction period to accommodate the large number of young swimmers. These extra hours ensure that each swimmer is receiving the instruction that they need. The Essex County Youth Bureau will run another six week Learn to Swim session in the spring. Registration packets will be sent elementary and middle school students at that time. If you would like more information about the swim program contact Barbara Dayton at 962-8332 or the Essex County Youth Bureau at 873-3630.