We were struck by the power of this article in The 74 in which a Bard High School Early College student, Sylvie Goldner, is giving free lessons to teach her classmates how to swim.
Certainly this is a story of hope and community and of what one person can do. Sylvie has started a non profit, First Strokes, with the goal of teaching high school students how to swim. Sylvie, herself, started swimming in second grade, just as our youngsters do here at BNS.
This article confirmed for us how important our Swimming Fridays program is. We give thanks for both the program at Asphalt Green and the YMCA and for being able to introduce all of our youngsters to this important life saving skill.
In addition to being a skill that every human should have, swimming is a powerful form of exercise. As well, there is something about water that relaxes and soothes the body.
We are so pleased to have swimming a part of our all around curriculum and to be able to offer this opportunity to all of our youngsters.
Here are words from a second grade parent about the swim program:
The swim program is one of the many wonderful programs supported by donations to BNS and not covered by government funding. We are fortunate to have a grant to help cover some of the costs this year, but depend on your support to help bridge the gap and cover additional expenses like transportation and supplies. Will you help keep our swim program afloat with your tax deductible donation?
$100 supports it now and in the future, $40 helps cover busing this year, but any amount helps maintain this important program for our kids. See the link below for donations. And thank you!