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Record Number: 10509
Displayed from: Nov 25, 2013 , until: Nov 30, 2013

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, many schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools are helping those in need, 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. 10. Several high school groups, including students from New Tech Academy at Wayne and North Side, 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 participating schools from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Nov. 28 and 29). Several other schools, including Maplewood Elementary and Jefferson Middle School also participated in food drives to support families in need in their buildings.

Other events taking place this week include:

Tuesday, Nov. 26

  • Students at staff at Brentwood Latin Grammar School, 3710 Stafford Drive, will enjoy an all-school feast beginning at 11:40 a.m.
  • Harrison Hill Academy, 355 Cornell Circle, will host its 29th annual Gobble Off at 10 a.m. Students will give their best turkey calls in this lively Thanksgiving tradition.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

  • Students at Kekionga Middle School, 2929 Engle Road, will deliver Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families from 9-11 a.m.
  • At 10:30 a.m., the Brentwood Student Senate will host a Thanksgiving meal for students attending Buschor HEAR Preschool. The Pre-K students will visit Brentwood for the meal.
  • Students and staff at Maplewood Elementary, 2200 Maplewood Road, will continue the school’s tradition of having a family feast together. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., students and staff members will come together and enjoy lunch in the gym to celebrate and be thankful for the relationships shared at school.
  • At Indian Village Elementary, 3835 Wenonah Lane, students will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast during lunch from 11:35 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Students will dress up and enjoy a special meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dinner roll, cranberry Jell-O, pumpkin crunch and milk.
  • Students and staff at Nebraska Elementary, 1525 Boone St., are having their annual Thanksgiving feast from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Students and staff will gather together in the gym to eat dinner “family style.” The kindergarten class will sing a song about turkeys for the group and Principal Jayson Balsley will read a Thanksgiving story.
  • At Memorial Park Middle School, 2200 Maumee Ave., students will gather for an assembly at 1 p.m. to celebrate a successful food drive. The school bands will perform and Cathy Brand-Beere, owner of DeBrand Fine Chocolates, will speak.
  • Shawnee Middle School, 1000 E. Cook Road, will have a Veterans Thanks Assembly at 1:35 p.m. Members of the 122nd Air National Guard will present the Flag and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. There will be musical performances by the choirs and bands, including military tunes, while pictures of Shawnee veterans or family members who are veterans are shown. Students who have military members in their families will carry stars with names to the assembly. During the assembly the various branches of the military will be recognized.
  • First-grade students at Croninger Elementary, 6700 Trier Road, will have a Thanksgiving celebration at 1:40 p.m. Students have learned about the first Thanksgiving during social studies and will watch “The Mouse on the Mayflower” to cap off the lesson. Students will then dress as either a Pilgrim or Indian and enjoy a “feast” in the hallway, including pumpkin cake, an orange drink, popcorn, apple slices and carrot sticks.
  • Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, 1026 E. Pontiac St., will have a Kindergarten Friendly Feast at 2 p.m. About 120 kindergarten friends will feast together in the hallway. Each class will make a snack to share. Students prepared for the feast by creating turkeys for decorations, designing the menu, counting out cups and inviting friends from other classes. FWCS Nutrition Services Center is providing carrots and cucumbers for a snack to add to the event.

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.