FWCS students, staff support Haiti relief efforts - January 28, 2010

Record Number: 5909
Displayed from: Jan 28, 2010 , until: Feb 16, 2010

Fort Wayne Community Schools students and staff are raising money and planning special events to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Already, thousands of dollars have been raised for the Red Cross and other organizations. District-wide staff are encouraged to contribute to the FWCS collection for the Red Cross, and several schools have planned their own fund-raisers. The following are some of the events taking place in FWCS buildings: Study Elementary is having a penny/coin drive to help the people of Haiti throughout the week of Jan. 26. Arlington Elementary is collecting donations, and its Student Council is selling bracelets to show their support for Haiti relief efforts throughout the week of Jan. 26. Northrop High School, Shawnee Middle School and Harris Elementary School will have a Hats on for Haiti Day on Friday, Jan. 29. Students donate $1 to wear a hat. Snider High School is helping to build homes in Haiti by donating to JIH, a non-profit organization that runs outreach programs in Haiti. JIH will supply pictures of the houses and families as they are built. One of the classes will become "pen pals" with the families. As of Jan. 26, more than $1,800 had been raised, enough to build nearly four houses. On Friday, Jan. 29, students donating $1 will be allowed to wear a hat. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Forest Park students may wear crazy socks and on Friday, Feb. 5, they may wear their favorite team jersey or shirt, if they donate 50 cents each day. Staff at Forest Park may wear jeans during the week of Jan. 26 for $5. On Thursday, Feb. 4, Harrison Hill staff and students may wear jeans instead of the usual dress code, if they donate to support Haiti. Students are asked to donate $1 and staff, $5. Bunche Early Childhood Center is joining with the Montessori La Maison des Entantis of Miami, Fla., and its sister school in Haiti to collect non-perishable food items, clothing and money to support victims in Haiti. The Waynedale Student Council is collecting money from students for the American Red Cross. Anthis Career Center is collecting funds during student breaks from students and staff. This school alone has collected more than $1,300. Price Elementary and many other schools are collecting monetary donations from the staff and students.

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.