Teachers, principal sleep outside for Northwood fundraiser - November 20, 2009

Record Number: 5687
Displayed from: Nov 20, 2009 , until: Nov 30, 2009

All month, Northwood Middle School students have been raising money for Matthew 25 as part of the annual Aunt Elena's Hair Care Challenge. In the past, nearly $20,000 has been raised for The American Cancer Society, The Lupus Foundation, The Darfur Schools Project, The American Parkinson Disease Foundation, The Lahna Gibson Memorial Foundation and Lutheran Children's Pediatric Oncology. Last year alone, they raised more than $5,000 for Lutheran Children's Hospital. This year, the students decided to focus on those in need of health service at Matthew 25. Fund-raising activities included selling CDs of Northwood students' music, selling T-shirts, asking for business sponsorship, getting hair don'ts (bad hair styles) and having a staff outdoor sleep-over. Students were challenged to raise $2,000, and if they reached their goal, teachers would sleep outside for up to three nights. Principal Adam Swinford said if the amount reached $3,000, he would join the teachers for a night. Swinford will join about a dozen teachers outside of Northwood Middle School at about 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Teachers will return for a cook-out and overnight stay after school on Monday, Nov. 23 and stay over night again Tuesday, Nov. 24. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, students will attend a benefit concert at 1:30 p.m. put on by students involved in the television production program to celebrate the success of the project.

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.