Awhile back I wrote here about all the tragic drownings of children in our area because inexpensive swimming lessons are not available. These are poor children who live surrounded by five rivers, a bay, and the ocean.
That seems criminal to me and I was excited to learn about a program that makes available to every Georgetown second grader four water safety classes every summer. While it doesn't seem like nearly enough to make children safe, it is at least a start.
The lessons began when community organizations came together after a tragic boating accident where two teenagers and an adult drowned, and a baby and several adults, all non-swimmers, were pulled from the water.
All were residents of Sandy Island, a Gullah community reachable only by boat.
The boat sank only 10 feet from shore.
We sometimes saw these classes when we swam mornings at a community recreation center.
We saw eager children in cute swim suits jumping into the water, children who swam in street clothes, and some with no swim suits who sat out and watched from a bench.
A group of high school students in a leadership training program are gathering new swim suits and towels for families unable to buy them.
We were more than happy and excited to pick out six little swim suits and deliver them this weekend, in honor of our four second grade grandsons.
Who knows, maybe one of them will save a life!
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