On Thursday, April 28, 2016 the Beecher Road School sixth grade students participated in their 2nd annual Swim for Heart, which was organized by PE teachers Mr. Anthony Taddei and Mr. Brian Hocking. The students had a goal/challenge of swimming 2016 laps within 25 minutes. The purpose of the event was to have the students perform a long duration aerobic event to exercise their heart and to demonstrate their swimming skills. Swimming is an integral part of the Physical Education Program for first through sixth grade students.
On the day of the event the students were faced with two major obstacles/challenges. One of them being that one of their 6th grade classes was going to be on a field trip and several students could not swim for various reasons. The remaining students were disappointed and discouraged that so many students were not swimming and because of that they would not hit their goal. Mr. Taddei could not postpone the event due to scheduling issues.
On the day of the event, once all the students were in their bathing suits, Mr. Taddei saw it was a perfect opportunity to reinforce a huge life lesson by saying, “We have an obstacle/challenge to overcome—just like you will have in your life—I want all of you to try your best, give it your all, and if you don’t hit your goal—then you have nothing to be ashamed of!! However, when you hit your goal with less people—you will be the happiest students in the world—you will have hit your goal—worked through the obstacle and challenge—you will have won—not the obstacle or challenge!! Overcoming obstacles are what will make you great and grow!! You can do it!! Now letʼs swim!!!”
After 25 minutes of swimming—the students not only hit their goal—but as one student said, “we crushed our goal by swimming 2,674 laps!!!”
LIFE LESSON LEARNED!!!!!!!!!!!