Students in Kindergarten, First and Second grades at Brookshire recently completed eight weeks of weekly swim lessons. From August 24 through October 23, each K-2nd classroom swam once per week during one of their PE periods. The swim lessons are made possible through a grant from the Track Shack Foundation a generous in-kind donations in the form of staffing and facility costs through the YMCA of Central Florida. Additionally, each class recruits parent volunteers to help the classroom teacher walk the children to and from the pool and supervise on the deck during the lessons.
Led by Brookshire Elementary PE Teachers and Healthy School Team Leader, Coach Randi Topps, swim lessons focus on learning water safety behaviors and basic swimming skills. Because Coach Topps makes the swim lessons fun, by the end of the eight week unit, most children develop a love for swimming and understand it’s an excellent opportunity to participate in a fun form of exercise. Many second grade students have advanced swimming skills by the time they complete the second grade swimming unit and a considerable number of Brookshire students even go on to participate in scouts aquatic programs, competitive swim programs, synchronized swimming, water polo, swim camp, or triathlon camp.
Way to go Brookshire and Coach Topps!