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Marcus Long enters the pool area ready to take on his new crop of 4th grade swimmers from Mills Elementary School. He smiles as he checks his roster and watches the excitement and harmless horseplay happening in the pool. Most of the kids look like they have had lots of informal experience in the water. He notices one student doing laps with speed and skill. Marcus checks his notes. This is obviously Michael who is learning to swim competitively.
Marcus notices one child approaching the pool in a wheelchair. This must be Tony. Tony's aide lifts him into the water where he seems happy and comfortable. One student who doesn't seem so comfortable is perched on the side of the pool shivering, and she's not even wet. This reluctant participant must be Sonya. She has never been in a pool and obviously doesn't even like being close to one now.
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