Posted by: allisonbarnes | February 1, 2011

UNC Swimming Teaches About Appreciation

Senior Joe Kinderwater helps a student address his appreciation letter.

The English world dictionary defines appreciation as the following:

ap-pre-ci-a-tion: (noun) 1. gratitude; thankful recognition. 2. the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.  3. an assessment of the true worth or value of persons or things.

The UNC Swim team taught Ms. White’s third grade class about appreciation on Wednesday. The team took part of a new UNC outreach program called Adopt a Class, where UNC student-athletes visit Glenwood Elementary school several times a week to teach a 30-45 minute lesson. The UNC swim team combined talking about appreciation and how to address a letter.

One of the girls that junior Sarah List helped wrote numerous letters to different people she appreciated. Her fourth letter was to List.

“I was surprised that Kelsey ended up writing me a letter,” said List. “She thanked me and the other swimmers for coming to class and asked if I would be her babysitter. I thought it was sweet.”

List keeps the letter in her room and hopes to return to Ms. White’s class later in the semester.

The Swim team talked to the class about what appreciation means to them and who in their lives they appreciate. Once the team gave examples of who was important in their lives, they helped the class address letters to people they appreciate.

“It was really nice to interact with members of the Chapel Hill community outside of the University,” said senior Ashley Miller. “Hopefully most of the letters written today make it to their recipients because I know that Ms. Whites third graders put a lot of thought into composing them!”

The UNC Swim team has a lot to be appreciative for. Both teams have had a successful start to the season with the men currently having a record of 6-1 and the women 5-2. This Friday is the last home meet of the season against Duke on Senior Night. Come to the meet to cheer on the Heels at 5 p.m. at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium.

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