Students at the Beach Haven School will get their feet wet through a new school-funded swimming program at the St. Francis Aquatics Center in Brant Beach beginning next month.
|Photo by Kristin Blair|
The indoor aquatics center
was built in 2003.
“It’s great for physical activity, and they live by the ocean. They should know how to swim,” said EvaMarie Raleigh, school superintendent. “Not all kids know how to swim, even though they live here. Anytime you live by the ocean, a body of water or two bodies of water, it’s really important.”
Students in grades four through six will attend the program for an hour each a week, for a total of 15 sessions. Five sessions will be held during the springtime for those in first, second and third grades. The school’s Pre-K and kindergarten classes will attend three open-swim sessions in May, when the older students are busy with state testing.
Three instructors will be leading the classes, including a St. Francis swim teacher as well as school gym teacher Mark Cummings and school music teacher Toni Dworkin, who is a former Southern Regional swimmer.
The program, suggested by a parent last year, was approved by the school board in August and will cost about $2,000.
“I was a swimmer and a swim coach, so I’m all for swimming,” said Raleigh.
— Kelley Anne Essinger
This article was published in The SandPaper.