Beecher Road School physical education teacher Anthony Taddei shows off the number of laps that sixth graders swam in the first Swim for Heart event at the school. The children exceeded the goal of swimming 2,000 laps in 25 minutes.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent
Some 100 sixth grade students at Beecher Road School recently swam more than 2.000 laps in a Swim for Heart event for the American Heart Association. They had 25 minutes to accomplish that goal.
Turns out they were done well before the 25 minutes were up, and instead of stopping when they had reached the goal, they continued swimming, encouraged by physical education teacher Anthony Taddei and other supportive teachers, for an additional 150 laps. This is the first time the school participated in the event, and only the second such event in the state, said Mr. Taddei, adding that this made Beecher the first elementary school to accomplish the Swim for Heart.
Mr. Taddei was very pleased with the children’s participation. “You saw every stroke here today,” he said, “freestyle, back stroke, every way.” Instead of focusing on competition, students were working toward a team goal, he said.
“It was an opportunity for the children to demonstrate their skills,” said School Supt. Guy Stella. Beecher Road School students have swim instruction on a regular basis starting from first grade as part of their physical education program. An event such as this one ties in with the curriculum, Dr. Stella said.