FWCS annual bookbag project helps 200 students - August 09, 2007

Record Number: 3267
Displayed from: Aug 09, 2007 , until: Sep 09, 2007

At least 200 students who might not otherwise have the supplies they need to go back to school will be prepared with the help of Fort Wayne Community Schools employees. Dozens of FWCS employees will spend Friday morning packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 14th year the employees in the Grile Administrative Center, South Transportation Center, Warehouse & Delivery and Maintenance & Operations have put together backpacks for children. Employees made a donation each week to dress down on Casual Day Fridays to buy the bags and supplies. Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta Dental, K-Mart and Office Depot also donated to the project. FWCS volunteers will be preparing and packing the bags from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 10, 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.

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.