Food drives, special meals highlight Thanksgiving events - November 18, 2011

Record Number: 8251
Displayed from: Nov 18, 2011 , until: Dec 14, 2011

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, many schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools are hosting food drives, preparing special meals and learning about the history and meaning of the holiday. One of the largest food drives in the district is the Great High School Food Drive, which began this month and ends Dec. 14. North Side, Snider, New Tech Academy at Wayne, and South Side high schools are collecting nonperishable food items that will be distributed through the St. Mary's Christmas Food Box Program and Miss Virginia's Mission House. Donations can be dropped off at the four participating high schools from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Nov. 24 and 25). Food drives were held earlier this month by Franke Park, Price and Shambaugh elementary schools, as well as by those listed below. Other events taking place next week include: Tuesday, Nov. 22 The PTSA at Jefferson Middle School, 5303 Wheelock Road, will distribute food to families in need from 8 a.m.-noon. The PTSA held a food drive at the school to supply the food plus a turkey to the families. At Lincoln Elementary, 1001 E. Cook Road, students in kindergarten and second and fourth grades will invite VIPs to visit their classrooms from 9:45-11 a.m. Kindergarten students at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St., will make Stone Soup at 10:45 a.m. after reading the folk story of how a community works together and learns to share after a hungry stranger arrives. Students will each bring an ingredient, and, together, they will make their own Stone Soup. They will then enjoy the meal together.
Wednesday, Nov. 23 Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Northcrest Elementary will embark on a Thanksgiving Tour at 9:15 a.m. with choir performances at the Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 Saint Joe Center Road, followed by a performance at the University Park Nursing Center, 1400 Medical Park Drive. The monthly town meeting at Weisser Park Elementary, 902 Colerick St., will have a Thanksgiving theme when classes meet at 9:15 a.m. The meeting will include performances by the Girls Choir and fourth- and fifth-grade choirs, a piano duet by a student and Principal Kent Martz, Koala Hugs given by students at each grade level and other Thanksgiving and school-related activities. Memorial Park Middle School, 2200 Maumee Ave., has been collecting food all month to assist families in need by providing Thanksgiving dinner. The food drive culminates in the Thanksgiving Assembly at 9:30 a.m. The assembly includes performances by many students in music and foreign language classes and will feature Cathy Brand-Beere, owner of DeBrand Fine Chocolates, as the keynote speaker. At Lincoln Elementary, 1001 E. Cook Road, students in first, third and fifth grades will invite VIPs to visit their classrooms from 9:45-11 a.m. Kindergarten students at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St., will gather together for a traditional Thanksgiving feast at 10:45 a.m. Students are responsible for preparing most of the food. Pre-kindergarten students at Abbett Elementary, 4325 Smith Road, will have a Thanksgiving feast at 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Lee's Famous Recipe is donating mashed potatoes and gravy and biscuits; Kroger at Southgate is donating turkey slices; and McDonald's is donating pumpkin pies. The students will practice their table manners while enjoying the feast. Students and staff at Maplewood Elementary, 2200 Maplewood Road, will come together at 11:30 a.m. to share lunch and hear from students about what they are thankful for. Near the end of the lunch selected classrooms will share a Reader's Theater with students and staff. At Indian Village, 3835 Wenonah Lane, students will enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast at 11:30 a.m. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up for the event. Students and staff at Nebraska Elementary, 1525 Boone St., will have a school-wide family-style dinner at 11:40 a.m. Kindergarten students will perform Tom Turkey. This follows a food drive held Nov. 8-18. Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Road, will have its annual Aunt Elena's Hair Care Assembly at 1:20 p.m. The assembly is a celebration of Northwood students' accomplishments with the challenge. Students will perform songs live in front of five large video screens. The songs, written and produced by Northwood's RockaBirdie Records, highlight various themes that came up throughout the month. Music videos produced by Northwood's Advance Cardinal Television class will play in the background as the students perform. In between songs, teachers, students and events that exemplified the Spirit of Aunt Elena will be highlighted. At the end of the assembly, Northwood students will present a check to Community Harvest Food Bank, this year's recipient of funds raised over the last month. The school expects to exceed its goal of raising $3,000 for the food bank. At Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Drive, math teacher Torrey Curry will shave his legs during seventh period, which begins at 1:30 p.m., if the sixth-grade class brings in 1,000 cans as part of a food drive. The school delivered food collected to the Franciscan Center last week and gave Thanksgiving baskets to 30 Miami families on Tuesday.

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.