Swim lessons at Avery Point

Jaden Benitez, 12, and fellow sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School listen to instruction from physical education teacher Amanda Illinger, not pictured, as they take to the pool at UConn Avery Point for swim lessons, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Jaden Benitez, 12, and fellow sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School listen to instruction from physical education teacher Amanda Illinger, not pictured, as they take to the pool at UConn Avery Point for swim lessons, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jaden Benitez, 12, and fellow sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School listen to instruction from physical education teacher Amanda Illinger, not pictured, as they take to the pool at UConn Avery Point for swim lessons, Thursday, October 19, 2017.

The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn. 

New England Science and Sailing Americorps volunteer Lauren Chacho explains a kickboard drill to sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School during swim lessons in the pool at UConn Avery Point, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
New England Science and Sailing Americorps volunteer Lauren Chacho explains a kickboard drill to sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School during swim lessons in the pool at UConn Avery Point, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
New England Science and Sailing Americorps volunteer Anna Crouser helps Williany Diaz, 12, on her back float as sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School take to the pool for swim lessons at UConn Avery Point, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
New England Science and Sailing Americorps volunteer Anna Crouser helps Williany Diaz, 12, on her back float as sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School take to the pool for swim lessons at UConn Avery Point, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
New England Science and Sailing Americorps volunteer Lauren Chacho, center, works with sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School on their kicking skills during swim lessons in the pool at UConn Avery Point, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
New England Science and Sailing Americorps volunteer Lauren Chacho, center, works with sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School on their kicking skills during swim lessons in the pool at UConn Avery Point, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School take to the pool at UConn Avery Point for swim lessons, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Sixth grade students from the LEAD program at New London's Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School take to the pool at UConn Avery Point for swim lessons, Thursday, October 19, 2017. The eight weekly lessons are part of a water awareness effort sponsored by the school, New England Science and Sailing (NESS) and UConn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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