Summer has come to an end and swim lesson results are in! This summer FLIP awarded a ‘Water Safety Micro-Grant’ to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center. With this partnership 27 children were able to receive scholarships for swim lessons at the Islander Resort provided by Red Cross swim instructor, Berta Vaughn. Students attended toddler, introduction to swimming and beginning swimming skills classes. Twenty students performed specific skills by the end of the week to advance to the next level. The kids learned a ton and had fun doing it!
None of this could have happened without the generosity of a large donation from the Daniel M. Browne-Sanchez Fund, part of the Hawai’i Community Foundation. A HUGE thank you to Robina Browne, a part-time Lopez invested resident, for setting this up!
FLIP’s Water Safety Program goals are to increase the number of children who can swim. Without access to a year-round community pool, islanders and visitors do not have the opportunity to improve this important life skill! It takes practice, practice, practice to build skills, confidence and joy in the water! Last May only 1 in 10 Lopez Island elementary school students were able to pass a basic Red Cross water safety test in deep water. Let’s build a pool and get swimming in warm water! Please donate today. Your generosity will make a difference to the island community!