Visit the Rainforest - inside Fairfield school - April 16, 2007

Record Number: 3110
Displayed from: Apr 12, 2007 , until: Apr 17, 2007

It doesn't look like a gymnasium... Students are placing binoculars around their neck and climbing to the top of bleachers to look at the sight below where other students are swinging on ropes; some resting on wooden swings; and some climbing up or moving from one pole to another in alligator alley. At another corner of the darkened gym is a fishing frenzy where older students are casting and landing bobbers in the pool. At another corner, student are racing each other to pick up bait - one at a time - and put in their bucket. Ugh! There's even a snake throw where students are playing horseshoes with the critters. This news release won't even go into the goings-on at Insect Island.... Fairfield Elementary School physical education teacher Mary Marks has turned the gymnasium there into a Rainforest where students will be exercising their math and reading skills along with their bodies. Media are invited to check it out between noon and 3 p.m. Monday, April 16 or Tuesday, April 17. For information, contact Sherry Britt, principal, at 467-5900. The school is located at 2825 Fairfield Ave.

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.