Homeless to Harvard's Liz Murray to address FWCS students - September 16, 2010

Record Number: 6602
Displayed from: Sep 16, 2010 , until: Sep 30, 2010

Liz Murray, the subject of the Lifetime Television Movie "Homeless to Harvard," will visit Fairfield Elementary School, New Tech Academy at Wayne High School and North Side High School on Monday, Sept. 20. Murray will talk to students about her experiences growing up, including supporting her parents financially by the time she was 10 years old and becoming homeless at 15. She decided to turn her life around, graduated from high school and earned scholarships to attend Harvard University. She went on to become a national figure for her success story, and this month released her first book, "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard." Liz Murray is teaming up with Blessings in a Backpack to raise public awareness of hunger issues and help feed 50,000 children across the country. Blessings in a Backpack is a national program aimed at feeding children on weekends when they are away from the nutritious meals served at schools. The program is provided at Adams, Fairfield and South Wayne elementary schools in Fort Wayne and is supported by several local and national companies. To learn more about the local Blessings in a Backpack program, visit www.blessings-in.com. On Monday, Murray will begin at 10 a.m. at Fairfield, 2825 Fairfield Ave. At 11 a.m., she will visit New Tech Academy, 9100 Winchester Road. She will end her school visits at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd., when she speaks to students from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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.