The Aquatic Department had some great experiences this past year.
One was when we provided swim lessons to about 50 second graders at the Harrison Primary Center this past April/May; the lessons were held at Washington High school.
We call this program ‘Michiana Learns to Swim’.
On our first day we brought in 10 girl suits and 11 boy suits just in case they needed them. They used every suit we had and the teachers had brought in clothes from the lost and found for the same reason. Those were used as well. Some of the children had never owned a swim suit before; had never been in the water before. My heart ached.
That first day we had 27 girls - only 3 could swim independently but not very well, and 18 boys - 6 of them could swim a type of doggie paddle with a smile on their faces. All the rest of them were classified as wall huggers, some of them extreme wall huggers.
Some happy facts:
1. On the second lesson, parents had gone out and bought their kids swimsuits. Those kids were walking proud.
2. By the fifth lesson, every child had jumped in the deep end with assistance, some of them more than once.
3. When we had to cancel one week due to temperature of the water(third lesson), the teachers told us the kids were so disappointed that the rest of the day was a total waste. A couple kids even cried.
4. Every child learned to float on their backs, make a forward progression, and how to be safer around water.
These lessons were free to the children. All costs were covered by grants and by the people who wanted to help the community in this way. Would you consider giving to the Aquatic Department?
· $14 will help buy one suit for a boy or a girl
· $20 will give financial assistance to one child for swim lessons at the YMCA.
· $60 will cover the total cost for one child in the ‘Michiana Learns to Swim’ program.
Contact Amy Milliman at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.