Students focus on disaster preparedness - April 10, 2006

Record Number: 2339
Displayed from: Apr 10, 2006 , until: Apr 19, 2006

A team of four, eighth-graders who make up Memorial Park Middle School's Christopher Columbus team are involved in a project that could save a life or two down the road.... The students are working on finding the best way to inform Allen County adults about disaster preparedness. To that end, earlier this school year they created a survey and distributed it to 35 classrooms of second-, fourth- and sixth-graders - nearly 800 students - to see which grade level could get information home and then returned to school best. The students also completed a survey aimed at revealing their knowledge of disaster preparedness. Now they are ready for the second focus of the project. Beginning Tuesday, April 11, the team will be visiting the 35 classrooms they have used in their study. Their presentations will include a brochure that students will be asked to take home to their parents for their parents to sign and return. This will help the team monitor grade levels and will also help get information about being prepared for disasters to area families. During their time in the 35 classrooms, the Memorial Park students will speak to students about disaster preparedness and also present a video they developed with LTV-54. They will focus on those areas of disaster preparedness that students didn't have correct information on based on the team's initial student survey. Media are invited to the presentations, but please contact the school principal prior to arriving. The Memorial Park students will be available for interviews following each presentation. Schedule is: * Tuesday, April 11, 9:15-11 a.m.: Covington Elementary School, 2430 W. Hamilton Road, 431-0502 * Wednesday, April 12, 7:50-9 a.m.: Memorial Park Middle School, 2200 Maumee Ave., 425-7410 * Thursday, April 13, 8-9:15 a.m., Memorial Park Middle School * Tuesday, April 18, 8 a.m. to noon: Summit Middle School, 4509 Homestead Road, 431-2551 * Wednesday, April 19, 9:15-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:45 p.m.: Weisser Park Elementary School, 902 Colerick St., 467-8875 Memorial Park Christopher Columbus team advisor is Larry Lesh, 425-7410.

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.