A Stamford grassroots organization is on a mission to make sure every child knows how to swim.
The organization is "Stamford Swims." This week, children are learning water skills at the Yerwood Center and Chelsea Piers CT, for free.
It's a community that's come together. The program was created in memory of 13-year-old Rashad Gross, who accidentally drowned at Cove Island Park in June.
Dr. Winnie Hamilton, Superintendent of the Stamford Public Schools, and Dannette Melchionne, who organized Stamford Swims, say they knew something had to be done.
Myra Bennett of Stamford says her son has a fear of water -- but the program is helping him overcome his fears, and her own.
Organizers say they hope to keep offering the swimming lessons and officially start a foundation to fund the lessons. That way other kids can have a chance to learn.