St. Louis high school students teach refugees how to swim
Added 02-14-20 01:22:02am EST - “Joyful shouts and laughter, the universal language of childhood, echo across the Affton High School pool on Saturday mornings when American teenagers teach dozens of refugee children how to swim.” - Washingtontimes.com
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AFFTON, Mo. (AP) - Joyful shouts and laughter, the universal language of childhood, echo across the Affton High School pool on Saturday mornings when American teenagers teach dozens of refugee children how to swim.
The 12 volunteer coaches from Lutheran High School South, many from the school’s swim team, give weekly swimming lessons each winter to dozens of children ages 5 and older from seven African and East Asian countries.
Many of the immigrant children had never been in a pool or learned to swim before coming to the U.S. The high school students tragically became aware of the problem when their Lutheran South classmate Henry Manu drowned in the Meramec River in 2016 at age 18. Manu, who came to St. Louis from Liberia, did not know how to swim.
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“Losing Henry was difficult for our community,” Mark Linneman, Lutheran South athletic director told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “In some small way, this is a way to pay tribute to him.”
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