Season of Giving 2017
We’re nearing the end of another year, our 38th in the learn-to-swim world!
2017 was not without its challenges, and we are proud of the way our staff, customers, and industry colleagues rallied around La Petite Baleen as we waded through extremely choppy waters.
As always, we are thankful for our customers who make the commitment to reinforce their children’s safety and well-being by incorporating weekly swimming lessons into their routine. 2017 was our second year of free lessons for babies under 6 months, and 1,846 families participated in that program. We also gave away 1,056 Splash & Dash (drop-in) lessons to students of all ages.
We have a scholarship program that covers partial and full tuition costs for students in need. This year, we awarded 95 scholarships to students throughout our program.
One very special program we ran this summer took place in Half Moon Bay when 10 students from Hatch Elementary participated in 2 months of deeply discounted lessons. These students worked hard to overcome their fears of the water and learn how to swim. You can read more about their experience in this article from the Half Moon Bay Review.
This year, La Petite Baleen donated $100 gift certificates to 137 fundraising events for local schools and agencies. In September, we donated $1240 ($10 for each Gold Ribbon earned that month) to St. Jude’s. Our most successful fundraiser came at the end of October when our Penny Battle brought in more than $2,000 for Northern California fire relief! La Petite Baleen was happy to match that amount and the money raised went to the Redwood Credit Union’s Community Fund, Redwood Empire Food Bank, and Petaluma Animal Services.
For the holiday season, our schools are each working with local nonprofits to collect food, clothing and toys for area families in need. Half Moon Bay has adopted a family through Coastside Hope. San Bruno collected coats for the SB Chamber of Commerce’s Coats for Kids program and is currently collecting toys and other goods for St. Roberts/St. Bruno’s Catholic Churches of San Bruno. San Francisco is collecting a variety of goods for La Casa De Las Madres. If you’re interested in contributing to any of these drives, please ask your school’s Swimformation staff for details.