Fresno

Kaiser helps open up Fresno pools for the summer

Kaiser Permanente Fresno announced a grant Monday which helps programs that encourage swimming, reading and healthy snacks during the summer.

The city of Fresno’s neighborhood pools, Central Unified libraries and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County all are recipients of the grant.

“We support these programs because we want children to participate in healthy activities during the summer months,” said Casey Gray, MD, Kaiser Permanente Fresno Chief of Pediatrics in a statement.

A $30,000 grant is going to Fresno’s five learner pools. The pools are Fink-White, Pinedale, Quigley, Einstein and Romain Neighborhood Centers.

A $5,000 grant is going to the Foundation for Central Schools to keep three Central Unified libraries open during the summer. The libraries are McKinley Elementary, River Bluff Elementary and Central High School-East campus.

A $45,000 grant is going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County to support healthy snacks and physical activities. The recipients are the Fink White and West Fresno clubs.

The pools grant allows Fresno to keep the pools open until 7 p.m. Also, families can swim for free. The grant also supports community events at the pools, a junior lifeguard program and free swim lessons for 200 children at Edison High School.

This is the seventh year Kaiser Permanente Fresno has provided a grant to Fresno United Neighborhoods (FUN). FUN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Fresno, to help maintain and staff the pools.

Because Central Unified is the only school district in Fresno County without a public library, 2,500 children are expected to benefit from the library program.

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.