Swimming Lessons for Brookshire Students

From August 28 to October 12, 2018, students at Brookshire Elementary made their way to Cady Way Pool where they splashed, kicked, and had a whole lot of fun as they improved their swimming skills.  236 Brookshire students from Kindergarten through fifth grade received lessons from Coach Topps and volunteers.

As always, it takes a village to make special programs like this successful.  Thanks to the City of Winter Park Parks & Recreation, the Track Shack Youth Foundation, and the Brookshire Additions Volunteers & PTA for their support!

Green Up Maitland

Green Up Maitland was a great success! Maitland Middle School had over 30 students and parents come out to help beautify the campus. A big shout-out to Ms. Orseno and Ms. Dunham who came out to help! A special thank you to all those teachers who donated yard tools, especially Ms. Grady— her yard wagon helped a ton! Enjoy these pictures from a great event:

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child in Winter Park and Eatonville through CATCH Healthy Habits!

Do you like working with children? Like working in a team? Then join the Rollins CATCH Healthy Habits, a program where adults age 50 + and children grades K-5 learn together the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. The children and adults have a lot of fun as they learn together how to stay healthy and fit. Volunteers work in teams of six to eight with children in school settings and other youth organizations.

The Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning is the local sponsor of this program. All training and class materials are provided free of charge. CATCH Healthy Habits is funded through a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation to Rollins College.

The Rollins CATCH Healthy Habits is a wonderful way to improve your health and celebrate healthy living while making a difference in your community with just one hour a week for 8 weeks. This summer classes are at the Winter Park Community Center, Eatonville Boys & Girls Club, and Brookshire Elementary School.

Contact Holly Tanyhill at 407-646-2459 or email

Next training is May 17 & 18 from 1 – 5 pm on the Rollins College campus.

Volunteers Needed – Hungerford Elementary School 5K Run and Walk

On Friday May 6, 2016 beginning at 9am, the Positive Flow Foundation will host the “Hungerford Elementary School 5K Run & Walk”. Healthy teachers and staff will guide students to healthy minds and healthy living.

Volunteers are needed to serve as street monitors, run buddies, and cyclist to insure the safety of the participants as they journey through the Historic Town of Eatonville.  Volunteers must be OCPS approved. Contact LisaMarie Abdallah-Nosakhere, Volunteer Coordinator with Positive Flow Foundation for more information.

With the rise of diabetes, childhood obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic disease, the Positive Flow Foundation continues their commitment and dedication to making Eatonville a Healthy Community. Join the Positive Flow Foundation in this Community Celebration.  

Spotlight – Brookshire Elementary Swim Lessons

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!

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