Bookbag project helps needy students - August 17, 2005

Record Number: 1646
Displayed from: Aug 17, 2005 , until: Aug 20, 2005

Shopping for bookbags and school supplies is a harbinger of fall for families as they get their children ready to go back to school. But for many, the budget won't stretch to cover food and clothing, much less backpacks, notebooks, crayons and more. For the 12th year, Fort Wayne Community Schools employees in the Grile Administrative Center, South Transportation Center, Warehouse & Delivery and Maintenance & Operations departments are donating bookbags bulging with school supplies and personal hygiene products to 200 elementary students in need. New this year, Lincoln Financial Group employees are donating 100 backpacks filled with supplies to FWCS students! More than 50 Lincoln employees wearing the filled backpacks will leave their office at 1300 S. Clinton Street at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 and head north to the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. We are extremely grateful to the employees at Lincoln for donating school supplies for our students, said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. Their generosity is an example of why this community is a great place to live. People here have heart and put their beliefs into action. For the sixth straight year, the FWCS project is netting 200 bookbags to students. With Lincoln's donation, 300 FWCS students who wouldn't otherwise have bookbags and supplies will be set to begin to learn with the tools they need. The bulk of the funding for the FWCS annual project comes from FWCS employee donations of $1 every week to dress down on Casual Day Fridays. Funding this year also comes from Allen County Christmas Bureau; Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Delta Dental, Indianapolis; Isaac Knapp Dental Alliance; Lincoln Financial Group; Sally's Beauty Supply; K-Mart and Office Depot. FWCS volunteers will be packing bags from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19 in the Board Room of the Grile Administrative Center. After the bags are packed, they will be given to elementary school case managers, who work with principals to distribute them discretely to students in need. For information, contact Communications at 467-2022.   NOTE TO MEDIA: You are welcome to come to Grile to catch volunteers packing bookbags on Friday morning. We estimate they will be finished filling the 200 bags by around 9 a.m. Project leaders will be available for interviews.

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.