FWCS to pack more than 200 backpacks for students - August 11, 2009

Record Number: 5250
Displayed from: Aug 11, 2009 , until: Aug 24, 2009

More than 200 students will start the 2009-10 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees. Several FWCS employees will spend Thursday afternoon packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 16th year the employees in the Grile Administrative Center, Transportation, Nutrition Services and Maintenance & Operations have put the bags together for FWCS students. The majority of 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. This year, the project also received significant contributions from Operation Backpack, sponsored by Indiana's News Center, McDonald's and Do it Best Corp., as well as Old Navy, Coldwater Road Wal-Mart, Lima Road Meijer, Staples, Robinson Chapel Mission Outreach and Wanda Chamberlain. After the bags are packed on Thursday, they are given to elementary school case managers, who work with principals to distribute them discreetly to students in need. With the additional donations this year, students at some of the district's secondary schools will also benefit. Anyone needing assistance with school supplies should contact staff at their child's school.

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.