PATERSON, NJ- 100 Paterson children are better prepared to combat the second leading cause of death among five to 14-year olds thanks to their participation in a four-day water safety camp held earlier this month at the Boys & Girls Club’s Paterson Clubhouse.

Calling it a week of “learning and fun,” Wendy McGuire, the club’s deputy executive director, said that the special training sponsored by The ZAC Foundation offers a combination that “Club kids love and parent know makes them safer and stronger.”

According to McGuire, this is the third year they have welcomed ZAC Camp, a four-day water safety program that combines in-pool lessons and safety classes with a classroom curriculum based on the children’s book The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t Swim, authored by Karen and Brian Cohn. 

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Karen and Brian established the ZAC Foundation in 2008 following the loss of their six-year-old son Zachary who became trapped in a drain in their backyard swimming pool. The Foundation’s advocacy and education efforts, according to a statement, have reached thousands of children and families directly, and millions more through social media and news outlets. 

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our kids, and it brings us great joy to provide kids and their parents with the tools to enjoy the water more safely,” Karen Cohn said.