FWCS raises $31,691 for Riley - March 20, 2008
Fort Wayne Community Schools raised $31,691 during February and March for Riley Children's Foundation, benefiting Riley Hospital for Children. Nearly 75 percent of the schools met their goal of becoming a Miracle School. Thirty elementary schools, one intermediate school, six middle schools and one high school raised at least $1 for every student in the building. Six schools - Haley, Harris, Price and Shambaugh Elementary schools, Lakeside Middle School and Wayne High School - raised more than $1,000 to support Riley. Many of the schools that have not been designated a Miracle School are continuing to raise money and would appreciate support from community donors. If all the schools become Miracle Schools, FWCS will be the largest school corporation ever named a Miracle Corporation. The fundraiser is part of the Kids Caring and Sharing Program, a special project of the Indiana Association of School Principals to support the Riley Children's Foundation. While we haven't reached our ultimate goal of becoming a Miracle Corporation, we have raised far more as a corporation than in previous years, and we did meet the goal of raising $1 for every student in the district, said Harris Elementary Principal Renée Beaman, who organized the district-wide fundraiser. We are proud that so many students got involved to help their peers. That is what Kids Caring and Sharing is all about. 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.