Schools hit by hurricane to receive supplies - lots of them! - August 07, 2006

Record Number: 2558
Displayed from: Aug 07, 2006 , until: Aug 11, 2006

Fort Wayne Community Schools teachers and students are looking forward to a stellar school year beginning in just a short time - and thanks to their efforts the first day of school in another part of this nation will be getting off to a grand start as well! Members of the Fort Wayne Education Association have spearheaded another drive for school supplies, including everything from teacher's desks to pens and pencils. On Thursday, the results of what became a state-wide, summer-long project will be filling a semi-tractor-trailer and heading to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. There, the items will help schools ravaged last year by Hurricane Katrina get ready to open for the 2006-07 school year. FWCS teacher Theresa Taulbee has overseen the project, that also saw members of the Indiana State Teachers Association from across the state donating school supplies. What began as a box truck full of supplies quickly became two box trucks and now enough to fill a semi-trailer. Items include 100 student reading chairs, teacher desks, boxes and boxes of textbooks and supplies for teachers to get their rooms ready and for students needing backpack articles. Now, it's getting all that stuff packed for the trip! To do that, members of the Snider High School boys soccer team have volunteered and will begin loading the semi at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at the loading dock along the side of the former Newport Store in Washington Square, 6200 N. Clinton St. (near the Dollar General store.) Media may catch them in action until they finish up at about noon. Theresa Taulbee 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.