FWCS packs 200 backpacks for students - August 13, 2008

Record Number: 4257
Displayed from: Aug 13, 2008 , until: Aug 31, 2008

At least 200 students will start the 2008-09 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees. Several FWCS employees will spend Friday morning packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 15th year the employees in the Grile Administrative Center, South Transportation Center, Warehouse & Delivery, Nutrition Services and Maintenance & Operations have put the bags together for FWCS students. The bags and supplies are purchased with money raised throughout the year by employees who make a donation each week to dress down on Casual Day Fridays. Star Financial, Salvation Army and K-Mart also donated to the project. After the bags are packed Friday morning, they are given to elementary school case managers, who work with principals to distribute them discreetly to students in need.

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.