When we came in, we did a lot of listening,” says Jigarjian, explaining that many of the Harry Potter Hermione And Ron Weasley Friends 2021 Signature Shirt and I love this hotel’s first initiatives were built around kids, like the mural and an ocean-ready program designed to teach children the importance of swim safety, a skill that is missing in homes and schools along the peninsula, and adding to deaths caused by drownings along the coast. The pilot program, a collaboration with Imagine Swimming, took place at the outdoor pool in October; it involved seven students from St. John’s, a residential foster care agency for boys aged 12 to 21 located on Beach 110th Street. Some of the boys associated negative feelings with the ocean, and didn’t feel comfortable going near water even though they live along it, Jigarjian’s colleague who leads the initiative, Georgia Harrell, says. Others had tried, but went in up to their knees, a deceiving level at which beginner swimmers can easily be swept out to sea. The program is still in development, partially because of the limits brought on by the pandemic, but also because the hotel and Imagine Swimming plan to regroup with parents and community stakeholders to build a comprehensive program that starts with buoyancy and full body strokes and leads to lifeguard certification, says Harrell.
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