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Record Number: 7429
Displayed from: Apr 19, 2011 , until: Jul 31, 2011
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Helen P. Brown Natatorium received the 2010 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, international aquatic safety and risk management consultants. This is the seventh time in eight years that the Natatorium at South Side High School has earned the award. In 2007, the Natatorium was given a gold rating. The award is earned by consistently exceeding Ellis' criteria for aquatic safety certification. Only those scoring in the top 10 percent of the audit criteria receive the award. FWCS has been affiliated with the Ellis & Associates Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program since 2001. This international lifeguard training and aquatic risk management program is known as a leader in aquatic safety around the world. "Our goal is to set the standard in aquatic safety," said Natatorium Director Liz Caywood. "We want the public to know that when they come to the Natatorium for sport, exercise or just to enjoy the pool, they are coming into a facility with safety as its top criteria. We have earned this award year after year by maintaining our vigilance while guarding, continuing to be proactive with our protocol and making smart decisions in regard to guest safety and interaction." The Natatorium opened at South Side in 1996. Each year, 94,000 people visit the facility for swimming lessons, exercise, swimming meets or just to have fun.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.