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Bridgeport Fourth-Grader Named Newest 'Watermark Kid'

Debbie Laguerre, her father Vladimir and her Watermark Coach Barbara Sterne at her Watermark for Kids ceremony in Bridgeport
Debbie Laguerre, her father Vladimir and her Watermark Coach Barbara Sterne at her Watermark for Kids ceremony in Bridgeport Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Watermark at 3030 Park has named 9-year-old Debbie Laguerre, a fourth-grade student at the Geraldine Johnson School in Bridgeport, as its newest “Watermark Kid.”

Watermark for Kids is an organization that empowers young people to build character, strengthen their leadership skills and express their creativity, compassion and spirit. It is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Tucson, Ariz.-based Watermark Retirement Communities, the company that manages The Watermark at 3030 Park.

Watermark residents and associates select a young person from the area for the honor and provide encouragement and support as their “Watermark Coach.” Debbie was nominated by Barbara Sterne, a resident of the greater Bridgeport area, who attends fitness classes at The Watermark’s gym.

Debbie was chosen for this honor because of her academic and athletic achievements, as well as her positive and energetic spirit. She and her family arrived in the United States from Haiti in 2013 and in that time, she has excelled at learning to speak English.

With an extracurricular interest in gymnastics, and a goal of improving her tumbling skills, Watermark for Kids is providing Debbie with a full year of gymnastics lessons at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut in Trumbull. Additionally, The Watermark has outfitted her with everything she’ll need for the classes, including apparel and active wear accessories.

“Debbie is an outstanding young lady full of determination, energy and creativity – all of the characteristics we look for when selecting our Watermark for Kids,” said Cindy McGuire, fitness director at The Watermark and liaison for Watermark for Kids. “I know that Debbie will thrive learning the fundamentals over the next year, and we can’t wait to have her back to show us a routine and tell us about her experience!”

For more information or to find out how you can help contribute to Watermark for Kids, call The Watermark at 3030 Park at 203-374-5611. More information on Watermark for Kids can also be found by visiting .

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