Bookbag project to help 450 students - August 09, 2006

Record Number: 2560
Displayed from: Aug 09, 2006 , until: Aug 11, 2006

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 13th 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 elementary students in need. For the second year, Lincoln Financial Group employees are donating 150 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 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 and head north to the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. For the first time, the FWCS project is netting 300 bookbags to students. With Lincoln's donation, 450 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. This year, special thanks goes to Office Depot for donating 300 bookbags and some of the articles inside them. Also helping to make this year's bookbag project a success are the Allen County Christmas Bureau; Lincoln Financial Group; K-Mart and Wal-Mart. FWCS volunteers will be packing bags from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 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 Debbie Morgan, PIO at 467-2022. NOTE TO MEDIA: You are welcome to come to Grile on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to catch Lincoln employees walking their bookbag donations across Douglas Street to the Grile Administrative Center. You are also welcome to catch FWCS volunteers packing bookbags on Friday morning any time between 7:30-9 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.