Aug 14, 2011

Don encourages others to join his “One Stroke at a Time” journey with a donation to the District 220 Educational Foundation, 501c3, Social and Emotional Learning Programs

One stroke at a time – that is how Don Macdonald, a Barrington resident and father of a Barrington 220 student, will swim the English Channel in August 2011. 

I encourage anyone reading this blog to consider donating to this very important child developmental set of Programs being offered to the Barrington, IL area K-12 grades, backed by Northwestern clinical research and beginning implementation throughout the district and supported in part by State funding. 

Thank you for helping the children of our community and perhaps for helping yourselves.

 Don and EC map

The English Channel presents swimmers with multiple challenges:
  • Distance – 21 miles at its narrowest, closer to 30 miles when factoring tides and current.
  • Endurance – the average swim is between 13 and 14 hours.
  • Temperature – it is at its “warmest” during the July - September period, between 58 and 63 degrees.  Wetsuits are not allowed in certified swims. 
  • Traffic – It is one of the busiest commercial waterways in the world, with ferries, freighters, and fishing boats.
  • Salt water and jellyfish – irksome to the eyes and the skin.

All these factors will require resilience – both physical and mental.  Don is training to be ready for the challenge.  Follow his journey by clicking on

Resilience is an important characteristic to possess for both adults and students.  Barrington 220 is committed to helping students develop social and emotional skills that helps them navigate daily life challenges from bullying, social group dynamics and peer pressure to drugs, alcohol and more serious depression and personal violence.  These skills will prepare our students to be resilient and achieve individual success academically, interpersonally and throughout their lives and also helps parents navigate communications with their children about these challenges.  

All funds donated through “One Stroke at a Time” will be devoted to funding social emotional learning programs for Barrington 220.

Don encourages others to join his “One Stroke at a Time” journey with a tax deductible donation to the District 220 Educational Foundation, a 501c3, not for profit organization.

You can make a Donation at this link: Donation Link to 220 Foundation

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