The partnership has provided pre-summer swimming lessons for 60 children who otherwise would not be able to learn how to swim.
Kids who participated in the swim lesson program in the past were three times more likely than their Co-Op peers to become independent, strong swimmers. Beyond combatting drowning statistics, Badger staff has seen how swimming lessons help kids develop confidence and emotional growth. Knowing how to swim also helps kids enjoy the Long Island Sound, which environmentalists say is a key factor in wanting to protect the Sound and its inhabitants. All of these factors contribute to the overall importance of swim lessons and swim education.
“Private-public partnerships such as these are the types of initiatives that let us go above and beyond in service to our students,” Superintendent Dr. Shaps says.
Main Image: Co-Op campers get low cost swim instruction through a special partnership with Badger Swim Club.
Photo Credit: Jason Corbett, 2019