It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

At this weekend’s Monterey Beach SportsFest in Monterey Bay, Bruckner Chase introduced open water swimming to kids who live very close to the California coastline, but have never interacted with the marine environment.

Regina Mason, co-founder of Village Project in Seaside, explains the opportunity to expose the local kids to the wonders of open water swimming and the marine environment. “Our kids have not been exposed to this environment. The Village Project is greatly appreciated to Bruckner and the Monterey Beach SportsFest for providing us this opportunity.”

The Village Project provides therapeutic services, counseling for children and families, and after school tutoring program. “We give kids rides to our center and offer a safe place to study and learn how to succeed in school. We provide one-on-one academic support. They can go from not being able to read and write to graduating and going to college. We teach them to organize their backpacks and everything from public speaking to poetry as we focus on academic success. We are passionate about what these kids can do if they had the support.”

In addition to the academic support, Chase, the Monterey Beach SportsFest organizers, and the National Marine Sanctuary volunteers provided a totally different kind of exposure: for local kids to learn about the marine environment and take an opportunity to enter the Pacific Ocean while learning first-hand its wonders.

Upper photo shows Bruckner Chase, Regina Mason of the Village Project, Suzie Dods, Cedrick Garrett, Jr., and Elijah Steen. Lower photo shows some kids entering the cool ocean for the first time.

To donate to the Village Project, visit here.

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Steven Munatones