Chaela Rabas’s mom wanted three-year-old Chaela to have swimming lessons. As she tells it: I knew swim lessons would give Chaela the confidence and skill to enjoy being in the water. But I didn’t expect her to turn into a little mermaid! It’s wonderful because grandma and grandpa live on a lake and Chaela can hang with the big kids. In fact, she swims comfortably with 8th graders. It’s due to the programs at the Bond Community Center. Chaela has had the same instructors now through four levels of lessons. They’ve taught her very well. I’m pretty sure she’ll keep on taking lessons, maybe even be a champion swimmer some day. And to think that just a couple of years ago, she wouldn’t even put her face in the water.