Swim-A-Thon Benefits Woodland Hills Foundation

The latest from this local organization.

The Woodland Hills Aquatic Team (WHAT) recently held its annual Swim-a-Thon Fundraiser, benefiting the WHAT Swimming Program, USA Swimming and the Woodland Hills Foundation.

After swimming for two hours, or 200 laps, this year’s Swim-a-Thon raised more than $4,000, of which $1,300 was raised collectively by this year’s top fundraisers, Benito Countouris and Bryn Mermelstein.

This year, WHAT generously donated half of its hard earned profit, about $2,100, to the Woodland Hills Foundation; specifically benefiting its Mini-Grantand Scholarship programs.

Mini-Grants are modest cash awards that help educators make a positive difference in the learning experience of their students. But, they most importantly support, encourage, and facilitate great teaching ideas. Since the program began in 2002, 118 Mini-Grants have been granted totaling $58,000.

The Woodland Hills Foundation Scholarship program offers three separate scholarships: the Julia Anne McCool Memorial Scholarship, the Debbie Thames Spahr Memorial Scholarship, and the Woodland Hills Foundation Senior Scholarship to graduating seniors in need of financial assistance.

In the nine years that the Foundation, and its predecessor the Woodland Hills Academic Foundation, has offered these scholarships, it has awarded more than $19,000 to 23 graduating seniors from the Woodland Hills School District.The Woodland Hills Foundation would like to thank WHAT for its generous donation, and congratulates this year’s Swim-a-Thon participants!


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