Rye Y Story Project: Laura P.

LauraI’ve been a member since I was a child, probably about 40 years. My mother made me take swim lessons. If you lived in a beach town, you learned how to swim. That was the theory. So it carried over to my four boys.
Our four boys, who are now 8, 7, 5 and 3 started at six months old in the baby program. They also did the music classes and whatever else was offered. All of them take swim lessons. What they love best are the special events like Boys Night In and the Graham Clark concerts.

I went to camp here. The parking lot was actually the field. Brookside pool wasn’t here. We’d go to the Gym and Swim Club after school. So basically, we’re just carrying on a tradition.

The Rye Y is easy, convenient and affordable. Plus, I went to school with many of the instructors, including Dawny Dew and Diana Vita. Everyone knows my kids.

I use the time when they’re swimming to catch up on e-mails and other work I have to do. Right now I’m doing something for the Boy Scouts. My husband does all the baby programs with them. We carry on the tradition because of the camaraderie and fun we have here. It’s a great program. The boys have made a lot of friends here. They learn teamwork and sportsmanship. It’s like a family thing—you grew up here so you know your kids are going to go here too.