FWCS students collect thousands of items for food bank - April 17, 2008

Record Number: 4017
Displayed from: Apr 17, 2008 , until: May 02, 2008

Dozens of Fort Wayne Community Schools students will spend the day Friday, April 18, stacking can upon can at Glenbrook Square. It will take thousands of cans to build Roadrunner, Snoopy and a stage for a stand-up comedian as students compete in the Canstruction to benefit the Community Harvest Food Bank. Eleven high schools, including three from FWCS, will participate in the annual event. This year's theme is "Hunger, No laughing matter." North Side High School has 10 students using more than 5,000 cans and non-perishable food items to build a scene featuring Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. The Interact club at Northrop will use about 7,000 cans and more than 20 students to build a stage for a stand-up comedian. The club collected about 10,000 cans. Fifteen students in the Student Athletic Council at Snider High School will use about 2,000 cans and food items to build Snoopy, Woodstock and Snoopy's doghouse. Each high school collected the food items in their schools as well as from their feeder schools and had community support. The students then worked with a local architect to design the structure. The students will work five at a time all day Friday to build the scenes, which will be on display at the mall through April 27. From April 19-27 the public can vote for its favorite structure by donating a non-perishable food item. Bins will be set up near the structures and each food item placed in the bins counts as one vote. For more information, visit www.canstructionindiana.org.

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.