FWCS Employees Pack 200 Backpacks for Students - August 15, 2012

Record Number: 8984
Displayed from: Aug 15, 2012 , until: Sep 15, 2012

Two hundred students will start the 2012-13 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, markers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 19th year the employees in the Grile Administrative Center, Maintenance & Operations, Media Services, Nutrition Services, South Transportation, Textbook Rental and the Warehouse 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 participate in on Casual Day Fridays.

This year, the project also received significant contributions from Lynn Adams, Max Beyler, Sheri McComb, the Office of Dr. Gary Painter, DDS, Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church, Office Max and memorials made in honor of Sharon Gordon.

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. FWCS also works with a number of other outside organizations to assist our many students in need.

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.