FWCS students work to renew 'Miracle Corporation' status - February 03, 2009

Record Number: 4718
Displayed from: Feb 03, 2009 , until: Mar 03, 2009

Fort Wayne Community Schools students will raise money this month and through the end of the school year to renew the district's status as a Miracle Corporation for Riley Hospital for Children. To become a Miracle Corporation each school must raise $1 for each student in the building. Last year, FWCS students raised $31,738 and became the largest Miracle Corporation ever. This year's fundraiser kicked off Monday, Feb. 2, at Harris Elementary, which has been a Miracle School for five years and last year raised the most money in FWCS with $2,715 collected. The fundraiser is part of the Kids Caring & Sharing Program, which gives students a chance to help other children. The program is a special project of the Indiana Association of School Principals to support the Riley Children's Foundation. Hundreds of children from Fort Wayne rely on the services of Riley Hospital for treatment each year, Harris Principal Renée Beaman said. Our students see their friends go through various medical treatments but often feel there is nothing they can do to help their friends. Kids Caring & Sharing gives students an opportunity to make a difference and support their classmates. 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 has a strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine, making it the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. Each year families from Allen County turn to Riley for care nearly 3,000 times; families from Northeast Indiana visit Riley more than 6,500 times. Many of these children are also being treated at either Parkview or Lutheran facilities. Of the appointments from Allen County, 193 are inpatients visits and 2,795 are outpatient visits. We commend Fort Wayne Community Schools for engaging its students in philanthropic, leadership initiatives such as the Kids Caring & Sharing program, said Greg Williamson, assistant vice president of development for Riley Children's Foundation. Through this effort students are helping patients at Riley Hospital for Children and learning important values. This makes for a winning combination. Each of FWCS' 53 school buildings and several administrative areas will raise money to reach Miracle status. Those not working in or attending an FWCS school can drop off donations at any FWCS building. For more information: Krista J. Stockman, Fort Wayne Community Schools, 260-467-2022 Jason J. Mueller, Riley Children's Foundation, 317-634-4474


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.