FWCS employees pack 200 backpacks for students - August 19, 2010

Record Number: 6518
Displayed from: Aug 19, 2010 , until: Sep 19, 2010

Two hundred students will start the 2010-11 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees. Several FWCS employees will spend Friday morning packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 17th 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 Do it Best Corp., Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church, Star Financial Bank, Target, Office Max and ENT Associates (Ear, Nose & Throat). After the bags are packed on Friday, they will be given to elementary school case managers, who will work with principals to distribute them discreetly to students in need. Those 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.