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A raging water park in Glendale

August 05, 2011|By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com
  • Tobinworld student Vivon Fomby makes a splash as he slides down head first on a large double water slide set up at the school for autistic and emotionally disturbed children in Glendale on Friday, August 5, 2011. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Tobinworld student Vivon Fomby makes a splash as he slides…

The central quad at Tobinworld — a Glendale school that serves students with severe behavioral and emotional problems — was transformed on Friday into a water park that would have rivaled an attraction at Raging Waters.

During breaks from class, students beat back the heat by sliding down a two-story double water slide. Water Day has become an end-of-summer tradition at the school, officials said.

Tobinworld was founded in 1977 by Judy Weber-Israel, the mother of a severely autistic child who was determined to give him the same educational opportunities as others his age. Weber-Israel continues to serve as executive director

In June, the school graduated 23 students, its largest class ever. Tobinworld now enrolls about 300 students, drawing from 22 public school districts.


 
 

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