FWCS students rewarded for Riley effort - June 08, 2010

Record Number: 6439
Displayed from: Jun 08, 2010 , until: Jul 08, 2010

Students at Washington Center Elementary School will celebrate their efforts to raise money for Riley Children's Foundation with a pretzel party at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9. Auntie Anne's Pretzels will celebrate with the students after they raised more than any other school through the Auntie Anne's fundraiser earlier this year. At the party Auntie Anne's will present Riley representatives with a check for $5,000. Fort Wayne Community Schools will also celebrate another successful fundraiser for Riley Children's Foundation. The district raised $18,525 for the foundation. While the amount is down from previous years when the district reached Miracle Corporation status, it is still a significant donation from students and staff. "We are proud of the amount of money students and staff raised at a time when more of our families are unemployed and when there are many great causes asking for support," said Croninger Principal Rebecca Dennis, who organized the campaign for the District. "While we didn't reach our goal this year, we will continue to support Riley and all of our families who use the hospital's services." Nearly half of the schools met their goal of becoming a Miracle School. Twenty elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school raised at least $1 for every student in the building. Two schools Croninger Elementary School and Wayne High School raised more than $1,000 to support Riley. Riley Hospital is Indiana's only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children. The hospital opened in 1924 in honor of the famous Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. Each year, more than 192,000 patient visits take place at Riley. Children come from each county in the state, across the nation and throughout the world. The hospital has a strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine, making it the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. Each year families from Allen County turn to Riley for care nearly 3,000 times; families from Northeast Indiana visit Riley more than 6,500 times. Many of these children are also being treated at either Parkview or Lutheran facilities. Of the appointments from Allen County, 193 are inpatients visits and 2,795 are outpatient visits. The schools earning Miracle Status are: Bunche and Whitney Young early childhood centers, Abbett, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Croninger, Haley, Harris, Holland, Indian Village, Irwin, Nebraska, Pleasant Center, Shambaugh, South Wayne, St. Joseph Central, Study, Washington Center, Waynedale and Weisser Park elementary schools, Towles Intermediate School, Northwood Middle School and Wayne High 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.