North Side students celebrate with annual Christmas party - December 04, 2007

Record Number: 3677
Displayed from: Dec 04, 2007 , until: Dec 07, 2007

More than 300 students and staff members at North Side High School are putting on the 20th Annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer and their families from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at North Side. The party is sponsored by North Side students for children in local families dealing with the day-to-day financial and emotional struggles of having a child with cancer. The North Side students plan, organize and host the Christmas party, which includes entertainment from several North Side groups, balloon twisting by Balloons to the Moon, magic act by Jim Barron the Magician, food and refreshments from Pizza Hut, KFC and Pepsi, and a visit from Santa, who distributes gifts for each child in the family. Forty families, including more than 100 children, are expected to attend. Families were referred by Cancer Services of Allen County. Support from students and staff includes financial support and help in purchasing and wrapping the presents as well as volunteering at the party. Several outside organizations contribute to the event as well. To prepare for the party, students will shop for gifts from 6-8 p.m. today (Dec. 4) at the Maysville Road Wal-Mart. Fort Wayne's Wal-Mart stores have been a major contributor for this event the past several years. Each student will shop for a particular child and spend time with them at the party. The gifts will be wrapped after school (2:40-4 p.m.) Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Commons Area.

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.