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The day of reckoning had come.

How many students would swim? A few days before there had been drama, as emphatic yeses turned to absolute nos, and body image got the better of some.

Turns out, just about everybody! We had two students move over the weekend. One decided to stay home to prepare for her sister’s 10th birthday. But the sisters regained their nerve. And we only had one abstain because her faith does not allow her to swim with mixed genders.

We learned about water safety, things like not running at the pool, not diving, not holding your breath. We learned a few strokes, and we just hung out, getting used to being in the water.

The issue was raised about using swimming as a Physical Education credit. And we’re looking into that. It may be a lot more pleasant spending 90 hours swimming than landing directly from a sub-tropical climate and then learning how to cross-country ski or snowshoe. I can’t even imagine…

Each student got an awesome certificate and day pass for the Y. And we left with hopes of creating something new. Thank you Jess Lucas and everybody at the Pomerleau Y.

In the afternoon, we visited some classes, including knitting (which changed classrooms with us because they couldn’t stand the zombie slaughter movies next door), crafts, sewing, photography and African dance.

I hear tell that snapchat had video of me boogying down with these girls… I’d like to thank all the teachers who let us sneak in, and for the ones who let us play along.

And a special thanks to Jess. This was truly an amazing day.

#YES@BHS #SoGrateful

 

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Comments on: "YES Day 5: Swimming and dancing" (2)

  1. […] Museum; Spirit of Ethan Allen, ECHO Leahy Center of Lake Champlain; Shelburne Farms; CHILL, my lovely colleagues at BHS for sharing your classes and Sara Crothers for showing us another beautiful part of Vermont; and the Flynn Center for the […]

  2. […] a story about her class and how they are learning about swimming. It’s the same program that brought my YES class to the Y. She’s been bringing little ones to the Y for quite some time, through a program that teaches […]

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