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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.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

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I have been teaching swimming for over 30 years. Last year I started a program called RAPS(TM) - Really Awesome People Swimming for minority children. The program was a success! We taught 162 children last summer and we are gearing up for this summer.
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RAPS - Week 5 - 2008

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 7:50am 0 Comments

WOW! This group of children are the least skilled in the two years that RAPS has been in place. The sad part about this is that within bike riding distance, is a City of Norfolk pool. Hardly any of the children have ever had lessons which makes for low level swimmers at an older age. We have four groups of Level 2 swimmers - old and young, upper and lower 2's. We have just finished day 4 of this week and we still have children that will not let their feel leave the bottom of the pool. We even… Continue

RAPS - Week 4

Posted on July 23, 2008 at 9:44pm 1 Comment

The children this week seem more comfortable in the water. They are also fearless. We have had to talk with them about daring and/or making fun of the children that do not want to jump off the diving boards. The first day we opened the boards to the kids, I had to make three rescues. I am just glad that they decided to try something like that where they were "safe".

We again have 35 children. This week, the division of classes ended up with a Level 1 class, a Level 2 class, a Level 2/3… Continue

RAPS - Week 3 - 2008

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 8:21am 5 Comments

Another great group of children from the Seatack area of Virginia Beach. We have 35 children this week, 5 instructors, 1 assistant from the Princess Anne High School IB program, and 1 lifeguard.

The children are low level swimmers this week with only a couple of Level 3's. We did have to make one rescue yesterday - one of the kids from my class (who does have an armstroke) decided to try the diving board - she went off but then went into panic mode. I was in the deep end at the time so I… Continue

RAPS - Week 2 - 2008

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

A great first day - kids are very well behaved although three could not come today due to a fight on Friday. I asked that the staff not withhold swim lessons from them so they will be in tomorrow. An order crowd this time. We only have 4 - 6 year olds and quite a few 10-12 year olds. The group is from two different neighborhoods this time - 15th Street and Twin Canal. Nice to see a few kids from Twin Canal from last year - they have really grown! Looking forward to another great week - We… Continue

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At 8:09pm on August 12, 2013, Arthur Andrew Lopez said…
Your efforts are so inspiring. It is obvious that you do what you do because of your love for future of the children. I am here if there is anything I might be able to do to help. All the best!

At 9:07am on June 20, 2011,
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Shaun Anderson
Thank you for putting together the Mary Helen Water Safety Day.  The Norfolk State Site was a huge success. - Shaun
At 4:14pm on October 14, 2009, Jayson Jackson said…
Great video!

At 4:56pm on April 10, 2009,
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Shaun Anderson
The driving force behind April Pools Day! You are the best! I’m now rested and ready to take on our next big project.
At 4:08pm on March 25, 2009, Tameisha said…
Hi Ms. Paul,
I was just touching bases with you to see how many registration forms you have received yet. So far it seems to be a great turnout that is responding back, can't wait to see. Hope all is well.
At 12:47pm on February 26, 2009, Tameisha said…
Thanks, I sent it out to you.
At 6:42pm on February 25, 2009, Tameisha said…
Ms. Paul I need your email address to send you the registration form. You can send it to my email here if you like.
At 10:03am on February 22, 2009,
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Shaun Anderson
I think he's in!
At 4:03pm on February 10, 2009,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson
Thanks Leslie, Good catch! I made the changes.
At 1:54pm on September 15, 2008, Andrea Swaney said…
Unfortunately, our church does not have a bus. I'm not sure how to work out the details with liability insurance, etc. if we were to bring carloads over. Let's continue brainstorming, though.

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