Over 100 elementary and middle school students will be able to swim for free this summer.
That’s thanks to the work of Wheeling residents Chip Calissie and Leigh Ann Koehler.
They have been seeking donations for pool passes in honor of their parents, who spent many years volunteering at the South Wheeling pool.
On Friday, Calissie visited Ritchie Elementary to give out over 100 passes that students will be able to use at any of the four Wheeling pools.
He says they received support from several businesses including Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, Jamison Carpet, and Quaker Steak & Lube.
“With the recent passing of my mom and dad, we thought it was a great opportunity to not only honor them but more importantly provide some pool passes for some kids that can have a safe and fun place to get away from some things this summer,” said Calissie.
“We are in this area every day. We ride by that pool every day and whatever we can do to help give these kids somewhere to go in the summertime. To enjoy themselves and enjoy the summer. If we can help them out a little bit, that’s what we wanted to do,” said Bob Contraguerro, owner of Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration.
“They spent of lot of their time, from my understanding, a lot of their life working at these pools. They see the value that it is for kids to go somewhere and stay out of trouble and do positive things at a pool and all of the camaraderie that brings. For them to do this is really awesome, we really appreciate it,” said Rick Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Ohio County Schools.
Students will receive the passes based on in class achievement as well as other factors.