Back in our earliest days, T-SAR was doing some of its first work in offering safety training in Toronto Area schools. It was a shock to find the subject was almost entirely neglected and that many children thought the greatest danger awaiting them if they stuck a toe in Lake Ontario was a shark attack! Plainly, there was work to do.
In 2018, that work was mostly taken up by the redoubtable Angela Tai, who is leading our effort to carefully lay the foundation for a more comprehensive course of classroom instruction throughout elementary schools all over the GTA.
The Toronto District School Board doesn’t allow just anyone to stride into its classrooms and start lecturing. Angela Tai went through all the hoops to get T-SAR into a partnership with the TDSB, and our approval as an external organization. We have to be invited into classes and can send our volunteers to present.
With some excellent help from Barbara Byers, we have two sets of instructions, one for kids in Grade 2 and one for Grade 6 students on the basics of water safety. Angela has been promoting our courses in various schools, and we await requests. We are also looking for volunteers to deliver the course; some experience with instruction and water safety is required of course, but please be sure you can pass a police-run background check first.
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