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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

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Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

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JoAnne O'Neil
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I am 57 years old. I have three children. My middle son Patrick had a friend who drowned when he was 16 years old.He was African-American. I began to become alarmed when I learned about the drowning statistics of Non-Caucasian youths compared to Caucasian. I thought I should try to do something to increase access to swim programs/lessons in my community for minorities. I am currently in graduate school. I am trying to learn more about setting up a grassroots organization that can fulfill this need so I want to research organization and people that have done that. I have applied for a grant to get a swim program going for 2nd grade students attending a local elementary school. This will be a 3-year pilot program. I want to learn as much as I can about successful programs that have been established already. I welcome any information. Please e-mail if you can help me..

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At 8:44pm on November 10, 2009,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson
Hey JoAnne how's the program looking?
At 10:53pm on October 2, 2009, Wanda Jean Butts said…
YAHHHHHHHHHH!!! Good for you!! Yes - tomorow will be great. Call me anytime after my swimming lessons. They are from 2 to 4.
Peace & love be with you.............wanda b
At 5:28pm on September 26, 2009, Wanda Jean Butts said…
Hi Joanne - Sorry we didn't connect Thursday - please accept my apologies. Are you available this evening? I will be home all evening (I think) so if you would like to talk - please feel free to call me. Again....I look forward to speaking with you................peace & love
At 8:47am on September 23, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
Hi Wanda,I will call you on Thursday at 6p.m. Thank you so much for getting in touch with me. I agree we can make a difference, they say it takes a village. Are you on Eastern Standard time or Central? Blessings to you as well.
At 6:10am on September 23, 2009, Wanda Jean Butts said…
Hi JoAnne and welcome to DAP! I will be glad to talk with you and help you in any way I can. Please call me:419 973-1383 after 6 pm on Thursday so we can talk. I look forward to hearing from you. Together we can make a difference and stop the drowning!! Blessings to you........
At 6:32pm on September 13, 2009,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson
Hey JoAnne,
I got your message and have sent you my number in the email section of this site... Can't wait to hear from you.
At 8:28pm on September 5, 2009, Darrick Linton said…
Hi JoAnne,
Welcome to the site and so happy to have you aboard. Don't be shy and include your picture. Your profile was very interesting and uplifting. I pray you succeed in grad school, but particularly that God grants favor upon you in your quest to increase access to swim programs. Please, if you don't mind, share your success with those of us who are trying to accomplish the same goal. I also would like to encourage you to communicate with DAP Members, who are very knowledgable, resourceful, and inspiring to help you. Take as many swimming courses as time will allow. May God Bless You JoAnne and it is certainly a Plumb, Pleasing, Pleasure to have met you as informally as this site allows. I will be fervently in constant prayer for you My Sister!!!!!!!!! Take the time to join in on our open forum and discussions. I will be looking to hear How God Has Found Favor In You. Darrick

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