Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly is reminding residents that although the warm weather is here and many are eager to jump in the swimming pool, safety must always come first. On June 12, Legislator Donnelly met with students at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Intermediate School in Deer Park to honor those who participated in Suffolk County’s 2019 “Be Pool Smart” poster contest and to thank them for their commitment to swimming safety. Established in 2007, the annual competition invites elementary school students to promote the importance of pool safety and prevent accidental drownings by creating a poster illustrating safety tips.
In the “Be Pool Smart” poster contest, one entry is selected from all of those submitted Countywide to be used as a part of a seasonal safety campaign from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Students from schools in South Huntington, Half Hollow Hills, Deer Park and North Babylon School Districts were invited to participate in this year’s District 17 preliminary competition. This year’s local winner was JFK Intermediate School 4th Grade Student Emerson Smulian. She received a special Proclamation from Legislator Donnelly.
“I commend all of the students for their wonderful posters highlighting the importance of pool safety,” said Legislator Donnelly. “This, combined with the information provided by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, should go a long way in making it a great and safe summer season for all.”