Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, Texas

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, Texas

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Heroes to the Rescue, Lifeguards Save Lives

July 10, 2019

The upcoming 2019 Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics is August 4, 2019 at Wet n Wild Waterworld in El Paso, Texas the supreme water park in Anthony, Texas.

The competition starts at 8:00a.m. with registration at 7:00a.m. and we hope you can join us with your team in competition for only $35.

Please visit our website at www.dpcelpaso.org for all of the information and just click on Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics for entry form.

This event is in honor of Christian Castle, the son of Laura and Eddie Castle who tragically lost his life much too early in life through a fatal drowning August 11, 2006 and the Olympic Competition is in his honor. Deadline to enter is July 18, 2019.

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"Turn Around, Don't Drown" Monsoon Season means rain and flooding.

July 1, 2019

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Flooding occurs when heavy rains cause storm water runoff to exceed the capacity of arroyos, channels or ponds to carry water. El Paso Water has reduced flooding and improved public safety by making major improvements to our storm water system. Yet, the monsoon season can bring sudden, localized and intense rains that can overwhelm the system, leading to dangerous situations.

Many El Paso streets are designed to carry storm water, and even a few inches of moving water can be dangerous. Be aware of changing weather conditions, and share this information with loved ones and friends to help them stay safe during a flash flood situation.

FLASH FLOOD FACTS

  1. Just six inches of water can knock over a full grown man.
  2. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.
  3. Rising water can reach above a vehicle door in less than a minute.
  4. It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry away a small car.
  5. More than half of the deaths from flooding each year occurs in vehicles.

FLASH FLOOD TIPS

  1. Don’t drive or walk on flooded streets.
  2. Use safer, alternate routes.
  3. Never drive around barricades.
  4. Avoid streets where curbs are barely visible.
  5. Don’t allow children to play in canals, ditches or ponds — even when dry.
  6. Use sandbags to protect your home or business if you know it floods.

https://www.epwater.org/our_water/stormwater/safety


Tragically, Texas has already experienced 45 fatal child drownings in 2019

July 1, 2019

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Tragically, Texas has already experienced 45 fatal child drownings in 2019. Last year, there were 91 child drownings in Texas. Additionally, El Paso has seen 9 drowning fatalities along the Rio Grande and American canal. Drowning is quick and silent. Drownings are preventable.
Children need constant supervision or a water watcher when in pools or bodies of water. A child can drown in 2 inches of water.

EPWater, the El Paso Fire Department, the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, the National Weather Service and the El Paso County Water Improvement District #1 (EPCWID #1) will jointly discuss this problem and urge the public to “Turn Around Don’t Drown.” Monday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Copia Pond (corner of Aurora Ave. and Russell St., just east of the Municipal Rose Garden)


In Only A Few Minutes, Tragedy Can Happen While Swimming

June 28, 2019

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In Only A Few Minutes, Tragedy Can Happen While Swimming “Children Drown in Silence” Those words are not just a slogan, they are reality. Members of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso gave a presentation yesterday to Associates about the harsh reality of infant and child deaths as a result of drowning. Parents, guardians, and families must always monitor children playing or swimming in water and remember to never leave children around water alone. Air-filled/foam toys are NOT safety devices. Some other tips that can help safe your child’s life are: Stay Close, Learn CPR, Learn How to Swim, and Install Safety Drain Covers. #UMC #UMCElPaso #ElPaso #Texas #915 #ItsAllGoodEP #Healthcare #Hospital #Clinic #WaterSafety #PoolSafety #DrowningPrevention #Summer2019 #BeatTheHeat #iCAREatUMC


Bassett Place Safety Town

June 19, 2019

Spots are still available for Safety Town but are filling up fast so make sure to register soon! Visit www.ShopBassettPlace.com for class schedules and registration details! Call 915-772-7106 for questions. Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso is educating 5 and 6 years olds about Respecting the Water by learning about water safety each Tuesday.

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10th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

June 18, 2019

The 10th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is on June 20th at 8am. Be a part of this FREE WORLDWIDE lifesaving event at Wet N Wild Waterworld. Preregister by calling 915-886-2222.

http://www.wetnwildwaterworld.com/ #SwimmingLessonsSaveLives #WLSL2019

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Water Safety Camps, Lifeguard Prep Camp, swimming Lessons

June 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lifeguard? Stop wondering and give it a try at our Lifeguard Prep Camp at Nations Tobin Aquatic Center for ages 12 to 15 years.

The Lifeguard Preparation camp will provide participants the knowledge and skills to become lifeguards in the future. Participants will learn lifeguarding skills to help prepare them to pass a lifeguard course.

Prerequisites: Participants need to have a familiarity of the water. They need to be able to swim the length of the pool with front crawl (freestyle) and/or breaststroke. The face may be in or out of the water. Participants will be in the water as well as on land practicing with manikins learning CPR techniques. No certifications will be given out at this time. Classes will progress according to the participants in the class. Swim suits are required, preferably a one-piece for young ladies, and white or grey shirts will be permitted for this class. Bring at least 2 towels, sunblock, and water.

Cost: $67 Sessions: 8

You may register for the 1st session in person or online at the following link:

https://bit.ly/2wGjald

For more information please contact us to (915) 212-0551.

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YWCA PROGRAMS

Our summer camps aim to reduce and prevent summer slide by keeping campers learning, active, and engaged all summer! Learn more: https://www.ywcaelpaso.org/programs/educating-children/ywca-summer-camps/


Water from Elephant Butte Reservoir Will be released on May 31

May 30, 2019

Water Safety Press Conference

EL PASO, Texas – ​In the next few days, water will begin flowing in El Paso area canals and the Rio Grande as water from the Elephant Butte Reservoir is released on May 31. The El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Water Utilities, and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso are joining forces at a news conference to remind the community to practice water safety, especially near the river and area canals.

Officials encourage the community to follow these water safety tips:

● Never play in drainage ditches or arroyos, even when dry. Sudden water flows may happen at any time.

● Do not allow children to play near or in a river or another bodies of water, including ponds, channels, and drains. A sudden increase in the water levels and pressure can easily drag a person into the water.

● If you see a flooded street, do not attempt to drive through it. Turn around, don’t drown.

● Do not allow children to play in flooded alleys, yards, streets, or pits.

● Do not try crossing or swimming in canals or ponding areas. The speed of water moving beneath the surface is constant and can be powerful even if surface looks slow moving and calm. Hidden hazards could be present under the water as well.

● If you fall into fast-moving water, do not try to stand up. The force of the water will push you over and hold you under. Lay on your back with your feet pointing downstream and toes pointing up toward the surface. Always look downstream and be prepared to fend off any obstacles with your feet.

● Knowing how to swim does not make you drown-proof.

● If you see someone in need of help, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

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Follow the El Paso Fire Department on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

What: Water Safety News Conference

Where: EPFD Fire Station 3 – 721 E. Rio Grande

When: Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 AM

Who: EPWater Vice President Alan Shubert, Drowning Prevention of El Paso officials, and the El Paso Fire Dept. Water Rescue Team.​​

Media contact: Enrique D. Aguilar Fire Public Information Officer 915.317.8943


Braden Aboud Learn to Swim Memorial Camp

May 29, 2019

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host the Braden Aboud Learn to Swim Memorial Camp on Saturdays, June 1st and June 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for Session I and 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Session II.

The free camp will be at the Grandview Outdoor Aquatic Center, 3100 Jefferson Ave. for ages 5-17. Participants that are 12 year olds and older have the opportunity to learn a few lifeguard-training techniques as well.

The Camp will feature water safety presentations for parents and children, hands only CPR training, introduction to swim lessons, and fun activities to enjoy. Register now at www.elpasotexas.gov/parks as pre-registration is required or call (915) 212-0397.

The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation is a 501(c3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and educational development of El Paso’s youth. Braden Aboud tragically passed away in 2007 at the age of 14 from a skiing accident. The Memorial Foundation was created later that year and has been instrumental in donating too many local charitable causes since.


FREE-May Day Hands Only CPR– Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019

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The Drowning Prevention Coalition will host May Day in coordination with the El Paso Fire Department at the Fire Training Academy at Ascarate Park on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please spread the word as there will be FREE CITIZEN CPR Lessons (hands only) in twenty minute sessions and free hot dogs, refreshments, popsicles, jumping balloons and much more.

This is a great family event with the El Paso Fire Department and you can register online at https://www.dpcelpaso.org/may-day and when registering select your twenty-minute class time for CPR. Classes fill quickly so sign up now. Open to all ages.

Information – Wayne Thornton (915) 373-6708 6ad9901a 4d43 4388 be40 c458e401e29d


Drowning Prevention Week May 13- 16, 2019

April 22, 2019

Drowning Prevention Week May 13- May 16, 2019

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host Drowning Prevention Week from May 13 – 16, 2019 with guest speakers available to speak on water safety and drowning prevention tips to elementary students at area schools as the swim season gets into high gear.

It is preferred to gather as many students at the school for the speaking engagements such as in gym, auditorium or multiple classes at one time.

If you have more than one date or more than one time (like one at 1pm and one at 2pm and one at 3pm) then fill the form out separately so if you have three different times then fill out the form three separate times.

Please go online to www.dpcelpaso.org and fill out the form for Drowning Prevention Week with the time, date, and location that you would like your guest speaker from Drowning Prevention Coalition to attend your school.

The speaker will speak for 15-20 minutes between the dates of May 13-16 and the deadline to fill out forms on the website is April 30, 2019. (Please fill out form on website completely)


April Pools Day and Gus and Goldie Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 2019

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The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host April Pools Day at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019 with a Water Safety presentation by the El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team and water safety information for children and adults through the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso. The event will be followed from 11:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a Gus and Goldie Golden Easter Egg Hunt at the Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa St. in the shallow depth area of the pool with free swimming only to participants in the Golden Egg Hunt from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Life Guards will be on duty to supervise the event.

For more information call (915) 212-0397 http://www.elpasotexas.gov/parks


April Pools Day

April 13, 2019

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Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship

April 7, 2019

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship Application

Deadline April 15, 2019

This scholarship is awarded in memory of William W. Cowan III from the Drowning Prevention Coalition for his guidance and inspiration to the swimming community of El Paso, Texas. William W. Cowan III was a drowning prevention and water safety advocate who wanted children to have the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe and fun environment. He was Co-creator of the Gus and Goldie Learn to Swim Program, received the Public Recreation Man of the Year Award and was later inducted into El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Cowan served as El Paso Parks and Recreation Aquatics Superintendent for 24 years before retiring and in 2008 the Shawver Aquatic Center was re-named in his honor. Mr. Cowan passed away November 1, 2014. The College Scholarship will be awarded to one (1) high school senior on a one-time, non-renewable basis for $500.00 after proof of college registration has been provided. Scholarship Guidelines Applicants must be a high school senior graduating from an El Paso County School during the Spring 2019 award year and have met all graduation requirements as set forth by their attending School District and the State of Texas. Applicant has been accepted for enrollment by a College/University and plan to attend on a full time basis. (12 or more academic hours) Applicant has a cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. Applicant is a member of a: - Swim Team - Learn to Swim Instructor - Lifeguard - Involved in Water Safety/Drowning Prevention Activities.

Scholarship funds will be deposited with the college in the name of the Scholarship recipient Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

https://dpcelpaso.org/scholarships


JOBS, JOBS, LIFEGUARD JOBS

February 23, 2019

Wet N Wild Waterworld, YWCA, Ascarate County Pool and El Paso Parks and Recreation are ALL hiring for 2019 SUMMER LIFEGUARD JOBS.

CONTACT each for job requirements.

Wet N Wild Waterworld www.WetWild.com celebrating their 40 th Anniversary

El Paso Parks and Recreation http://www.elpasotexas.gov/~/media/files/coep/parks%20and%20recreation/course%20schedules/community%20lifeguard%20courses%20-%20new%20.ashx

El Paso County Parks https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/elpasocounty/jobs/2321200/parks-recreation-lifeguard-temporary-seasonal?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

YWCA https://www.ywcaelpaso.org/about-us/ywca-careers/career-opportunities/fitness-and-aquatics-job-opportunities/


Water Safety In our commmunity.

January 6, 2019

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On a chilly, grey evening in October, PJ Library families gathered at the Armijo Pool to learn about water safety from Claire Cowan of the El Paso Drowning Prevention Coalition and to explore the amazing splash pool! All was warm and cozy as we swam, ate pizza, and read through a story book from PJ Library’s extensive collection of carefully selected Jewish books for children.


2018 Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics Results

August 11, 2018

Thank you to all the lifeguards that participated in the 8 th Annual Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso would also like to thank our sponsors Chandra Edwards with Wet n Wild Waterworld; Peter Scruggs & Enrique Duenas-El Paso Fire Dept ; Ana Acosta Safe Kids El Paso & UMC Trauma; Prices Creameries Giv’em Five. Other donations came from Border Swimming; Krispy Creme Donuts; Costco; Eddie and Laura Castle & Family along with Dr Gutierrez and wife for snacks, water, Gatorade and fantastic drawing awards. Medals and trophies from C& M Plaque and Trophy; T shirts-D Embroidery Screen/Printing; sound system- Sound Music and Lighting Production; annnouncer Abel Rodriquez. A Big shout out to Dow Farley and his El Paso High Swim Team Of volunteers helping out today. Judges and score keepers from El Paso Parks and Recreation Aquatics -Stacy Wright, Martin Valdez, Nick Ferriola, Angela Parris, Jesus Avila, Amy Wheeler, Charles Armendariz and the American Red Cross. A big high five to the Fire Dept Water Rescue Team for volunteering to be victims (ouch)rescued by the lifeguards. Others assisting were YWCA Matt Doherty, Holly Anderson, Claire Cowan, Wayne Thornton, Mike Williams, Ryan Bowron, Dr. Wilson and Wet n Wild Crew.

Team Results

1st Place Fort Bliss Raptors

2nd Place Fort Bliss Aquaholics

3rd Place Fort Bliss Aqua Ducks

2018 Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics Results

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More pics coming soon. More info dpcelpaso.org #WaterSafety #RespectTheWater #ChristianCastleLifeguardOlympics #DrowningPrevention2018


Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics on Sunday, August 5, 2018

August 1, 2018

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Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics on Sunday, August 5, 2018 8:00 a.m. at Wet n Wild Waterworld EL PASO, Texas- The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host the 8th annual Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Wet n’ Wild Waterworld.

The Olympic Competition is named after Christian Castle who lost his life through a drowning at five years old in 2009 and is the son of Laura and Eddie Castle. This competitive, annual event provides lifeguards from organizations throughout the city an opportunity to practice lifesaving skills. It also highlights the training and duties that lifeguards experience on a daily basis in their day-to-day jobs.

The event is sponsored by the El Paso Fire Department, Price’s Creameries, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld and the University Medical Center, Trauma Division.

This year 38 teams will be competing from the YWCA El Paso Del Norte, Fort Bliss, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld, Ascarate Pool from County of El Paso, Eastwood Heights, and the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department.

Each team will have four members with one being a female in five separate skill challenges which include A Mass Casualty Exercise, Shallow Water Back boarding, Backboard Treading, a 2 minute Drill Rescue and a Tow Relay. Awards will be given for First through Third Place in each individual skill challenge and an overall champion will be announced.

The competition is open to the public to come and observe and for more information visit www.dpcelpaso.org


Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics

July 30, 2018

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Attached is the information on the upcoming Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics for August 5, 2018 at Wet n Wild Waterworld in El Paso, Texas the supreme water park in the City of El Paso.

The competition starts at 8:00 a.m. and we hope you can join us with your team in competition for only $35.

Please visit our website at www.dpcelpaso.org for all of the information and just click on Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics for entry form.

This event is in honor of Christian Castle, the son of Laura and Eddie Castle who tragically lost his life much too early in life through a drowning and the Olympic Competition is in his honor.

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Emma Carr 2018 DPC William Cowan Memorial Scholarship Recipient

June 22, 2018

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Congratulations to our 2018 Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William Cowan Scholarship recipient Emma Carr. Emma will be attending UT Permian Basin in Odessa, Tx. Each year the coalition chooses a graduating senior that exhibits our mission of educating others about how to prevent non fatal and fatal drownings. Emma respects the water by teaching swimming lessons and water safety that helps save lives. Her parents, Doug And LeAnn Carr; brother, Levi Johnson and wife Lisa Marie; grandfather, Ed Johnson; along with Aqua Posse teammates were at the pool to see her receive her check.

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Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson

June 21, 2018

Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson

Free Swimming Lesson! June 21 @ 8 am.

All ages welcome. Join us for the 9th annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. You MUST call (915) 886-2222 to PRE-register for this event as space is limited. On the day of the event you will complete your registration.

http://www.wetnwildwaterworld.com


Free Swimming Lessons Provided by Braden Aboud Foundation and El Paso Parks and Recreation

June 16, 2018

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and the Braden Aboud Foundation will host a Learn to Swim Camp on Jun 16th, 23rd and 30th at Nations Tobin Pool, 8831 Railroad Dr.

The first camp time is 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with the second camp to follow from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The camp is free for ages 6-12 and you can register online at www.elpasotexas.gov/parks. The camp will focus on water safety, swim lessons and being comfortable in the water. You may get information with Amy Wheeler of the Aquatics Division at (915) 212-2145.

https://bstrongelpaso.org/learn-to-swim-camp/


Bassett Place Safety Town

May 20, 2018

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Registration for Safety Town begins May 1 for FREE inside the mall management office Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm . Children must be ages 5 or 6 by June 11 in order to enroll. All applications must be submitted in person inside the mall management office and you must bring proof of your child’s age (birth certificate).

A new class takes place each week, Monday through Friday, with a graduation ceremony held on Fridays at 11 AM from June 11- July 27. Children will review a number of safety topics. Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will have weekly water safety presentations on Tuesdays, from 10:45-11:00.

https://www.shopbassettplace.com/event/safety-town/2145506554/


May Day Hands Only CPR—FREE

May 19, 2018

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Please spread the word as there will be FREE CPR Lessons (hands free only) and also free hot dogs, hamburgers, refreshments, ice cream and much more.

This is a great family event with the El Paso Fire Department and you can register online at https://dpcelpaso.org/may-day and when registering select your twenty-minute class time for CPR.

Drawing during each session for a ​​Wet N Wild Waterworld ticket.

Information – Wayne Thornton (915) 373-6708

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso’s mission is to promote, develop and support training and community education efforts that prevent drowning, non- fatal drowning and other water related incidents in El Paso County and the surrounding areas. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso and the Christian Castle Memorial Fund are a project of the
El Paso Community Foundation, a charitable 501c (3).

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Water Safety News Conference

May 17, 2018

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso News Conference on Water Safety is on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at O’Rourke Aquatic Center, 901 N. Virginia St.


Braden Aboud Walk/ Water Safety Booth

May 6, 2018

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will have a Water Safety Booth at the event from 7:30-10 am. Pick up some info on Pool Safely Water Safety, use of Life jackets, Pool Rules, location of Swimming Lessons and Boating Safety. 69ef67f6 72a4 4701 bc15 1e1405bc249a 1adc2b08 a685 47eb bd68 a4f617ffd29a2b68e074 6379 438e 822d d41d4af08741

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William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship

April 30, 2018

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship Application EXTENDED DEADLINE April 30, 2018.

This scholarship is awarded in memory of William W. Cowan III from the Drowning Prevention Coalition for his guidance and inspiration to the swimming community of El Paso, Texas. William W. Cowan III was a drowning prevention and water safety advocate. He wanted children to have the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe and fun environment. He was Co-creator of the Gus and Goldie Learn to Swim Program, received the Public Recreation Man of the Year Award and was later inducted into El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Cowan served as El Paso Parks and Recreation Aquatics Superintendent for 24 years before retiring and in 2008 the Shawver Aquatic Center was re-named in his honor. He passed away November 1, 2014.

The College Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior on a one-time, non- renewable basis in the amount of $500.00 after proof of college registration has been provided.

Scholarship Guidelines: Applicants must be a high school senior graduating from an El Paso County School during the Spring 2018 award year and have met all graduation requirements as set forth by their attending School District and the State of Texas. Applicant has been accepted for enrollment by a College/University and plan to attend on a full time basis. (12 or more academic hours) Applicant has a cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 or above.

Applicant is a member of a:

• Swim Team • Learn to Swim Instructor • Lifeguard • Involved in Water Safety/Drowning Prevention Activities.

Scholarship funds will be deposited with the college in the name of the Scholarship recipient.

Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

In addition, the following should be submitted along with application:

1.Essay: What is your proudest achievement and how has participation in aquatic activities influenced your desire for higher education/career goals? Maximum of 500-word typewritten essay.

2.Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Dated, signed letters of recommendation from persons in authority. Letters may be from high school administrators, faculty, staff, community members, employers, personal friends, or clergymen who are familiar with your ability, work habits, integrity, and potential.

3.Resume of Accomplishments: List all your scholastic accomplishments, awards, honors, extra-curricular activities, and other significant endeavors which may include applicable community service.

4.Copy of Unofficial high school transcript.

Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

Please submit Application packet online by April 30, 2018 **to: https://dpcelpaso.org/ Check under page **SCHOLARSHIPS


April Pools Events

April 14, 2018

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April Pools Event

March 31, 2018

April Pools Day and Golden Easter Egg Hunts

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EL PASO, TX - The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host April Pools Day at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 with a water safety presentation by the El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team and water safety information for children and adults through the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso. The event will be followed from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a Golden Easter Egg Hunt Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa St. in the shallow depth area of the pool with free swimming only to participants in the Golden Egg Hunt from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The specific times for each age group to get their Easter eggs are listed below.

Times and Age Groups

12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.(Ages 4 & Under) 12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.(Ages 5-7) 12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.(Ages 8-12)

Wright Stanton, Aquatics Manager with the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department said, “We look forward to not only having fun with the swim activities and Easter excitement for the families but also in stressing the importance of water safety to children and adults.”

For more information call (915) 212-0397 or visit www.elpasotexas.gov/parks