Holiday food drive gets "A+" - November 15, 2005

Record Number: 1905
Displayed from: Nov 15, 2005 , until: Nov 19, 2005

Students at Jefferson Middle School have been collecting canned foods for their annual Thanksgiving donation to Community Harvest Food Bank for just a few days - and the response has been overwhelming. On the first day, students brought in over 3,000 cans of food! At 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, students in Shawn Smiley's class will be boxing up the canned goods - which now number about 5,000. Some of the food will be given to families the school will adopt and provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner for next week. Media are invited. The school is located at 5303 Wheelock Road. Principal Michael Morris, Mr. Smiley and his sixth-grade students - who brought in 2,000 cans themselves - 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.