Students/staff helping others this holiday - December 09, 2005

Record Number: 2003
Displayed from: Dec 09, 2005 , until: Dec 25, 2005

In a community rich with people from more than 70 different cultures, FWCS stands out as a center of giving and hope for so many during the holiday season. While this is in no way a comprehensive list, take a look at a few examples of how our staff and students are helping others: North Side High School is having its 19th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer and their families. On Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1-4:30 p.m., 40 families, including 100 children will be treated to a grand party complete with a magician, balloon critter-creator, face painting, songs from the school brass and strings ensembles, show choir and a visit from Santa bringing presents for all of the children. Kudos to the Coldwater Wal-Mart for donating $2,000 in gifts NSHS students will select for the children. Other donations come from students and staff. A talent show at Northrop High School featuring a staff person in every skit nets that school’s community service project over $1,000 every holiday season! This year’s proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House. The talent show will begin at 9 a.m., Dec. 14 at Northrop, 7001 Coldwater Road. In addition, their student government has adopted several families, including some who are homeless with children at Northrop. For the past two decades, the staff and students at Forest Park Elementary School have participated in WOWO’s Penny Pitch project that helps needy families in Fort Wayne. Now, just halfway through the school’s campaign, they have already raised $300 and the tally from the PTA’s popcorn sale isn’t in yet! The school raises $1,000 or more each year. Lots of our students will be making the holidays brighter for senior citizens this season! o Fifth-graders from Brentwood will go caroling at Brentwood Apartments for the Elderly. o Jefferson’s sixth-graders will be at Kingston, Life Care and Regency nursing homes. o Price students will sing for residents at Glenbrook and Englewood nursing homes and Byron Health Center. o Elmhurst Show Choir will perform for Kingston Center residents. o Holland’s fifth-grade choir will visit Arbor Glenn Golden Years Nursing Home.
Bunche had a Giving Tree in the school during Parent-Teacher Conferences this fall and wrapped gifts coming back from that will provide two Christmas Bureau needy families with a more joyous holiday. Shambaugh staff and students donated gifts for needy families. The PTA is holding a “wrapping meeting” to make sure they are as bright and cheery on the outside as on the inside! Wayne High School ROTC students are donating their time throughout this holiday season providing curbside assistance to people of all ages attending events at the Embassy Theatre. Also, the school’s Student Council is having a coin drive with proceeds going to Erin’s House for Grieving Children. Blackhawk Middle School raises between $4,000 and $6,000 each year to benefit a charity. This year, students elected to support the group of local dentists who travel to Honduras where they work in makeshift dental facilities providing dental care to hundreds of that country’s impoverished children. Irwin’s annual clothing drive saw 2,071 items donated! All of the children’s-sized garments went to the FWCS Clothing Bank to help our students in need. Students and staff at Harrison Hill Elementary School donated baby items, personal hygiene items and money to help others less fortunate. The school collected 10 huge boxes of baby items for First Missionary Church on Rudisill Boulevard, which operates a Babies Closet for new mothers. The collection also netted 11 huge boxes of personal hygiene products and $1,208.50, which will all be used to help victims of the tornados that swept through Southern Indiana, particularly Evansville, earlier this fall. Elmhurst High School is holding its 38th annual Canned Food Drive. Students have set a goal of 26,500 cans this year, which will be given to Miss Virginia's Mission and St. Mary's. In addition to bringing canned goods from home to their classes, students have also organized in groups and gone door-to-door throughout neighborhoods and also organized FoodStock 2005, an event showcasing local bands. Admission to this year's show was 20 canned goods. Also, three Economics classes at the school adopted a family as part of the Allen County Christmas Bureau’s annual initiative. Students purchased food and clothing for family members as well as a gift for each child. Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA) hopes to match or surpass its donations that filled three vans last year for the Mental Health Association’s “Gift Lift” program. FWEA teacher representatives in each of the districts 53 schools spearhead the collection of toiletries and other personal items. NOTE TO MEDIA: Many of these activities are listed on the Green Sheet at: http://www.fwcs.k12.in.us/mediareleases/greensheet.php or contact Debbie Morgan, PIO at 467-2022 for details.

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.