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Record Number: 14802
Displayed from: Jul 27, 2016 , until: Sep 27, 2016

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Homeless Assistance Program will kick off the 2016-17 school year with a Back to School Celebration on Aug. 6.

Families in need of assistance are invited to the event to get ready for the new school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 15. Students can receive free book bags, school supplies, hygiene products, shoes and haircuts. In addition, lunch will be provided at no cost during the event. For event details please contact Student & Family Support Services at 467-2120.

The celebration is sponsored by Parkview Hospital, NIPSCO, Sweetwater Sound, Salvation Army, Allen County Christmas Bureau, Northeast Indiana System of Care, King’s Barber Shop, Inez Pierre-Louis, A Party Apart and other community organizations.

“We know that many families, particularly those who are homeless, struggle with getting ready for the start of a new school year,” said Wendy Hoering, FWCS Homeless Liaison Coordinator. “We appreciate the support of so many in the community to ensure students get off to a great start.”

Each year, Fort Wayne Community Schools assists hundreds of homeless students and their families in an effort to maintain school as a stable environment during times of transition. FWCS assists with clothing, transportation and other support as needed.

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.