United Way Day of Caring benefits 12 schools - August 13, 2009

Record Number: 5253
Displayed from: Aug 13, 2009 , until: Aug 31, 2009

Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at 10 Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Friday, Aug. 14, as part of United Way of Allen County's annual Day of Caring. Two other schools had work done prior to Friday's event. United Way is focusing on neighborhoods for this year's community service event with schools being a major focal point in many neighborhoods. Twelve businesses and community groups signed up to work at schools throughout the city. Hundreds of 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. The friendships formed on Day of Caring often turn into long-term partnerships between the businesses and the schools with employees returning to volunteer or help the schools in other ways throughout the school year. Below are the Day of Caring sites and the teams working at the sites on Friday: Abbett Elementary, Lutheran Health Network Bloomingdale Elementary, Old National Bank Bunche Early Childhood Center, Fort Wayne Community Schools Fairfield Elementary School, Fort Wayne Metals Forest Park Elementary, Parkview Irwin Elementary, AIDS Task Force and Broadridge Northcrest Elementary School, Raytheon South Wayne Elementary School, Team Krueckeberg Study Elementary School, Vera Bradley Ward Education Center, Fort Wayne Community Schools Projects already completed: Brentwood Elementary and Buschor HEAR Preschool Center, Wells Fargo Bank Pleasant Center Elementary, Do it Best Corp.

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.