The kids are great! We have 5 WSI's and Regina, who last year at this time couldn't swim at all. The kids are divided into four groups, ranging from Level 1 - Level 4. I wish we had each group longer so we could make more of a difference with them. I'm not sure which is better- shotgun effect with trying to get more kids safe or keep them longer and only have half the children, but having them swim better.
The kids seem receptive to my "Words of the Day" and after the first day they seem excited to be here. One child was taken out due to behavior problems(at the camp, not here at the pool) and I asked that the swimming NOT be used as a carrot for them to behave better. This is a matter of life and death. The counselors know that now and understand. I am willing to withhold free time but not the lessons. But even free time is SO important to their learning.
I wish we could do this year round - we need the money to bubble over a pool so this can happen. ODU is interested in seeing what I am doing but having the programs so far away isn't going to help either.
We need pools, money, and transportation!