The Fox Valley Park District is able to offer free swimming lessons to Aurora 2nd graders due to grants from the Robert William/Anita Nelson Memorial Endowment Fund.
This fund was created to provide swim lessons for Aurora grade school students who have yet to learn this important life-saving skill.
The swim program was established shortly after the 1979 Fox River drowning of Robert William (1967-1979), a twelve-year-old student at Nancy Hill School.
The program provides additional instruction for students who have yet to master the skills necessary to become successful swimmers.
In 1990, the program was renamed the Robert William/Anita Nelson Swim Program.
Mrs. Nelson, a teacher at Nancy Hill School and an original member of the swim program committee, was profoundly dedicated to the program’s development and success. She passed away in 1990.
This fund was created in 1990 and established as an endowment in 1999.