To the Editor:
Fifteen summers ago, through the leadership of Robert Burnaford, now the Harvey Cedars police chief, Zeke Hill and Mike Weiler, the Harvey Cedars Lifeguard in Training program was started. The program has thrived ever since, serving hundreds of Cedars children.
In the age of video games, cell phones and sport specialization, I find it refreshing (reassuring) that a program like this is thriving. The LIT program in Cedars, and on the rest of the Island, provides many important opportunities for our kids, from learning about ocean safety and beach ecology to social opportunities with their peer group.
From a parent’s perspective, it was awesome for my children to have something meaningful to do three mornings a week. Their love of the Island has been greatly enhanced by the friendships they built and the respect they gained for the ocean during their time as LITs. The fact that the LIT program frequently provides summer employment opportunities for these kids as they get older is just a bonus.
The Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol has seen a lot of success in recent years, and I have to believe part of that starts with the LIT program. So here’s a shout-out to the founding fathers – Robert, Zeke and Mike – and to those who now carry the torch. Nice work!