Because of the sluggish economy, it didn’t appear that there would be enough support to begin the annual fund drive to allow St. Pauls youth to enjoy their public pool free of charge this summer. But the number of kids milling around outside the pool, unable to pay the daily admission fee, has caused a drive to be begun to allow them to enter and swim free.
The Dr. Arthur Bradford Public Pool is owned by St. Pauls and administered by the Robeson County Recreation and Parks Department. That department has set a $3 admission fee per child or adult per day. That fee prevents some local kids from enjoying the cool water and the safe environment the Olympic sized pool offers during summer.
The Swim Free Fund was begun several years ago to raise enough money for St. Pauls children to swim free, as long as the money lasted. The Rec Department has offered to charge only $2 per each St. Pauls kid who uses the pool as part of the Swim Free Fund. So a $20 donation means that 10 SP children can swim free for a day at the pool.
The Fund is being handled again this year by St. Pauls Community Relief, a registered non-profit, meaning all donations are tax deductible.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the St. Pauls Kids Swim Free Fund, please mail it to SP Community Relief, P. O. Box 537, SPNC 28384 and earmark it Swim Free.