Eight FWCS schools to benefit from Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program - June 04, 2009

Record Number: 5191
Displayed from: Jun 04, 2009 , until: Jul 04, 2009

Eight Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools will participate in the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2009-10 school year. The program began as a pilot project authorized by Congress in 2002. The success of the pilot led to legislation and more funding in 2004. To be selected for the program, a school must be an elementary school, operate the National School Lunch Program, submit an application to participate and have 50 percent or more of its students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. For the 2009-10 school year, Washington, Scott, Maplewood and Study elementary schools will continue the program, and Abbett, Nebraska, Price and Forest Park will be added to the program. The program provides students with a free fresh fruits and vegetables snack each day. The intent is to teach children healthy eating habits and fight against childhood obesity. Statewide, there are 47 elementary schools participating in 2009-2010.

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.