Miami-Dade County Public Schools introduced a swim program Friday to honor the legacy of a toddler who drowned last year.
The program, called iSwim, is turning the tragedy of baby Kyan Quintana’s death into a life lesson for other children. It was launched Friday at Greenglade Elementary in Southwest Miami-Dade.
M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto said iSwim is geared toward keeping South Florida kids safe in the water. “It’s an opportunity to teach all of the children in Miami-Dade how to swim,” he said.
According to Carvalho, 19 kids in South Florida drowned in the last two years.
“Eleven of those children were younger than 4 years of age,” Carvalho said.
Kyan drowned in his family’s backyard pool before his second birthday last summer. Dr. Marta Perez, a school board member, initiated the swim program in his honor. “It’s a wonderful community opportunity to improve the lives of children,” Perez said.