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Record Number: 14800
Displayed from: Jul 26, 2016 , until: Sep 26, 2016

More than 100 volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at six Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, July 28, as part of a special United Way of Allen County Day of Caring. The official Day of Caring will take place Sept. 1, but because school will be in session at that time, volunteers are taking care of the schools early.

Five businesses and community groups signed up to work at schools throughout the city from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get the buildings in shape for the new school year, which begins Aug. 15.

The partnerships formed on Day of Caring often turn into long-term relationships between the businesses and the schools, with employees returning to volunteer or help the schools in other ways throughout the school year.

“We appreciate the commitment that so many in our community make to our schools each year during Day of Caring,” FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “While the event to spruce up the schools is done in one day, the relationships are long-lasting. So many people who have participated in Day of Caring have come back to support our students in a variety of ways, from tutoring to mentoring to internships. These partnerships show our students, staff and families how much the community cares.”

Below are the Day of Caring sites and the teams working at the sites on Thursday:

  • Fairfield Elementary, 2825 Fairfield Ave. – Vera Bradley
  • Holland Elementary, 7000 Red Haw Drive – Vera Bradley
  • Franke Park Elementary, 828 Mildred Ave. – Hylant Group
  • Indian Village Elementary, 3835 Wenonah Lane – Wells Fargo
  • Study Elementary, 2414 Brooklyn Ave. – NIPSCO
  • Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Road – Fort Wayne Community Schools

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.