United Way Day of Caring comes to 20 schools - August 05, 2008

Record Number: 4247
Displayed from: Aug 05, 2008 , until: Sep 05, 2008

Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at 20 Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Friday, Aug. 8, as part of United Way of Allen County's annual Day of Caring. United Way is focusing on organizations that work with children, including FWCS, as part of this year's community service event. Seventeen businesses and community groups signed up to work at 20 school buildings. More than 500 community volunteers plus staff, students and parents at each of the buildings will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get the schools in shape for opening day. "This is a great opportunity to work with the community to make our schools shine," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "In a world of limited resources, our excellent custodial staff often has to make a choice between keeping up with the daily demands of aging buildings and paying attention to the finer details, such as mulch and fresh paint. Though to some it may not seem like much, students and staff will notice a difference when they see their schools, and it will give them a renewed sense of pride to start the school year." While FWCS greatly appreciates the work the volunteers will do on Friday, district officials hope the partnerships formed that day will be long-lasting. FWCS hopes to see the schools and business partners working together on other projects throughout the school year. Below are the Day of Caring sites and the teams working at the sites: Abbett Elementary, Indiana Michigan Power Adams Elementary, K&K Insurance and Conference & Travel Bloomingdale Elementary, Park Center Brentwood Elementary and Buschor HEAR Preschool Center, Parkview Hospital Bunche Early Childhood Center, Physicians Health Plan Fairfield and South Wayne elementary schools, GE Forest Park Elementary and Lakeside Middle School, Lincoln Financial Group Glenwood Park Elementary and Lane Middle School, Lutheran Health Network Haley Elementary, Regal Beloit Harrison Hill Elementary, FWCS staff members Irwin Elementary, Swiss Re Maplewood Elementary, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. Nebraska Elementary, Specialized Transportation Pleasant Center Elementary, Do it Best Corp. Price Elementary, ResCare North Washington Elementary, FWCS students and staff Waynedale Elementary, Old National Bank.

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.