The next session of the class begins Sept. 30 at Sheldon Pool. It will run for eight weeks, and after this summer session Schmidt says she’s encouraged about it gaining roots. The summer class was the first time since it started in 2015 that the class was full with nine kids.
“We’ll see what fall brings,” she says. “But I think word is getting out.”
Wigger is also encouraged and happy with how the class has progressed from the initial idea. With the help of Olive and others at Hilyard Community Center she has wanted to create a solidified curriculum.
“It was really important for us to get something on paper,” Wigger says, “and get it written out so we could potentially market a training program that we could take to places and say, ‘here’s a model for teaching youth with disabilities water awareness.’”
Olive’s positive, smiling attitude brightens when asked about why she thinks the class is important. She’s been teaching since January and interacts with families almost daily. She hears similar things from all of them.