FWCS students work to become a 'miracle corporation' - February 11, 2008
Fort Wayne Community Schools students will raise money over the next two weeks to make their school district a Miracle Corporation for the Riley Hospital for Children. If each school raises $1 for each student in the building, FWCS will become the largest Miracle Corporation ever. The fundraiser kicked off Monday, Feb. 11, at Harris Elementary, which has been a Miracle School for four years, raising thousands of dollars for the hospital. The fundraiser is part of the Kids Caring and Sharing Program, which gives students a chance to help other children. The program is special project of the Indiana Association of School Principals to support the Riley Children's Foundation. Several of our students rely on Riley for medical treatment, and this is one way that children can help their friends, said Harris Principal Renée Beaman. This year, we decided to include all of FWCS because each of our buildings has students who receive care from Riley. Riley Hospital is Indiana's only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children. The hospital opened in 1924 in honor of the famous Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. Each year, more than 192,000 patient visits take place at Riley. Children come from each county in the state, across the nation and throughout the world. The hospital partners with Clarian Health and has a strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine, making it the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. Riley currently serves nearly 3,000 children in Allen County. Of those, 193 are inpatients and 2,795 are outpatients. Many of those children attend school in FWCS. Riley's services are far-reaching throughout the state, and because the hospital doesn't turn away anyone who cannot pay, we rely a great deal on the generosity of others, said Greg Williamson, Assistant Vice President of Development for the Foundation. Kids Caring and Sharing is a great way to teach children about helping others and giving back. As they grow up, we hope they learn the value of philanthropy. Each of FWCS' 54 buildings will be raising money from Feb. 11-29. Those who do not work in or attend an FWCS school can make a donation by visiting any of the schools or the Grile Administrative Center.