United Way Day of Caring benefits eight schools - August 01, 2011

Record Number: 7680
Displayed from: Aug 01, 2011 , until: Sep 01, 2011

Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at eight Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, Aug. 4, as part of United Way of Allen County's annual Day of Caring. Nine businesses and community groups signed up to work at schools throughout the city. Hundreds of community volunteers plus staff, students and parents at each of the buildings will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get the schools in shape for opening day. The friendships formed on Day of Caring often turn into long-term partnerships between the businesses and the schools with employees returning to volunteer or help the schools in other ways throughout the school year. Below are the Day of Caring sites and the teams working at the sites on Thursday: Croninger Elementary, 6700 Trier Road Old National Insurance/Old National Bank Franke Park Elementary, 828 Mildred Ave. Wells Fargo Bank Harrison Hill Elementary, 355 Cornell Circle Fort Wayne Metals Holland Elementary, 7000 Red Haw Drive Vera Bradley Portage Middle School, 3521 Taylor St. Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and YWCA St. Joseph Central Elementary, 6341 St. Joe Center Road SwissRe Study Elementary, 2414 Brooklyn Ave. NIPSCO Towles Intermediate School, 420 E. Paulding Road Fort Wayne Community Schools Also this year, Summit Brands is hosting a school supply collection that will benefit students throughout the district.

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.