Swimming lessons have started at the YMCA off Howell Road. Head Start kids were learning the basics. The first lesson was jumping in the pool. What’s unique about this swim program is it’s free. The program is fully funded by Exxon Mobil. Executive Director Ron Smith said these are very important lessons for kids in North Baton Rouge.
“We live in a community where there is an abundance of children who don’t have the basic ability to feel safe around water,” said Smith. “Swimming has not been their main strengths.”