FWCS vision-impaired students visit the circus - November 10, 2010

Record Number: 6864
Displayed from: Nov 10, 2010 , until: Nov 15, 2010

Visually impaired Fort Wayne Community Schools' students will participate in a "touch tour" of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at noon on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Students will be able to experience four stations set up specifically to use all their senses. At the first station, students will be able to feel and try on costumes and listen to dancers describe who wears the costumes and how the costumes establish each person's role in the circus. For example, the ringmaster wears a top hat and a long coat covered in sequins. At the second station, students will be able to pet, brush and possibly feed animals that are part of the circus. An animal trainer will talk to students about the animals. The third station will be a music station where students can learn about the music that makes the production the Greatest Show on Earth. Band directors will talk about their role, play instruments and allow students to touch and play the instruments. At the final station, students will walk on a balancing ball, a low wire or another acrobatic element from the circus. Acrobats will talk about how they train for their performances, their family history with the circus and other information about being a traveling performer. The circus' clowns will lead the students from station to station and send them home with red clown noses and complimentary tickets for students to come back for the Friday night performance. The Illuscination show will be at the Coliseum Nov. 12-14.

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.