Students, community rally around paralyzed Northrop swimmer - May 11, 2007

Record Number: 3163
Displayed from: May 11, 2007 , until: May 15, 2007

Northrop High School students today presented two checks totaling more than $15,000 to the FWCS Foundation to benefit Dustin Faurote, the Northrop swimmer and cross country athlete paralyzed in a spring break accident. Local builders and contractors also announced plans to build a new handicap-accessible home for Faurote who remains in a rehabilitation hospital in Georgia. The donations represent a flurry of student fundraising efforts since the April 4 accident. Students raised nearly $10,000 and presented a second check representing generous gifts from the community. Senior class president, Kurt Foellinger, presented the money to Rev. Vernon Graham, who accepted on behalf of the FWCS Foundation which will administer the Faurote fund. Once Faurote's current home was deemed inaccessible and unable to be adapted for wheelchair use, numerous builders, contractors and vendors have stepped forward to donate materials and labor to build him a new one. Granite Ridge Builders is leading the effort and the Northeastern Group has donated a lot in Acacia Creek. This has been an amazing thing, says Northrop principal Barbara Ahlersmeyer. The effort has united the senior class more than anything else. They are committed to stand by Dustin and are so driven to help. We are all inspired by the way Dustin is fighting back and by the generous response from the community. Anyone interested in contributing can make a check payable to the FWCS Foundation for the benefit of Dustin Faurote and send it to Northrop High School. We hope most of the home will be paid for through in-kind donations so monies can be used to defray the cost of health care and a van, Ahlersmeyer said. We want to see Dustin be able to pursue his college education. ### For more information: Susan Imler, Public Affairs, 467.2022 Barbara Ahlersmeyer, Northrop principal, 467.2301

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.