Thanks to a partnership with the Jewish Community Center, students at Horizons receive swim lessons from a licensed swim instructor three days per week over the summer. Learning to swim is an important skill for our students to know, because drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children, and African American children have a drowning rate three times higher than children of other ethnicities.
We have found that swimming builds not only physical confidence, but also academic and social/emotional confidence. Once a child realizes s/he can dive off the deep end, difficult challenges become a lot easier to overcome! The skills that a child learns while swimming - building trust, practicing teamwork, trying something new - easily translate to the classroom and beyond.