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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

FWCS Kicks Off Riley Campaign

Fort Wayne Community Schools kicked off its annual fundraiser for Riley Children’s Foundation in February with the hopes of retaining its Red Wagon District status.

Spirit days and other events for Riley Children’s Foundation often take place in February, but schools can raise funds throughout the school year. Last year, each FWCS school earned Red Wagon status, making FWCS a Red Wagon Corporation for the first time and the largest Red Wagon Corporation in the state. The total raised throughout the District was $51,060. FWCS is working to keep that status by raising $1 for every student in the district this year. By February, North Side and Snider high schools and Croninger Elementary School had already reached Red Wagon status.

“We are so proud of the generosity of our families to support this annual campaign,” said Harris Elementary Principal Jana Ankenbruck, who leads the campaign. “Our students oftentimes see a classmate who is sick and visits Riley, and they want to help their friend feel better. The Kids Caring & Sharing campaign is one way they help. It just takes $1.”

North Side was the host site for the kick off, as students and staff prepared for a Dancing with the Stars fundraising event for Riley Children’s Foundation. North Side celebrities, including Principal David West, will dance with members of the Dance V team. To promote the event, the dance team performed to “Thriller” in full costume at half-time of a varsity boys basketball game. The event will take place 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 at North Side. Tickets are $1.

North Side reached Red Wagon School status for the 2018-19 school year by raising $2,400 through two events in November and December. But the school’s goal for the year is to raise $5,000.

“Last year, we raised $3,000, which was enough to name a red wagon at Riley that will be used by patients,” said Kara Wilson, North Side Dance Director. “We increased our goal this year because the students get so much out of performing for others and raising money for a worthy cause. Many students know someone who has used Riley Hospital’s services – sometimes they were patients themselves. This is just one way they can give back.”

Children from Allen County are admitted to Riley Hospital for care more than 400 times each year and see Riley physicians more than 4,800 times each year. In January 2018, Riley Children’s Health opened an outpatient clinic in Fort Wayne with health care providers specializing in gastroenterology, urology, pulmonology, cardiology, neurosurgery and rheumatology. Funds raised through Riley Children’s Foundation’s Kids Caring & Sharing program benefit pediatric research and patient care at Riley Hospital and have allowed Riley to rise into the nation’s top 10 pediatric research hospitals. To learn more about Riley Children’s Foundation, visit BeTheHopeNOW.org.

Schools will be collecting money through the end of the school year to maintain Red Wagon status. Those interested can drop off donations at any school site or the Grile Administrative Center.

Riley Collage