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Record Number: 16981
Displayed from: Feb 13, 2018 , until: Apr 13, 2018

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and staff are showing their support for Riley Hospital for Children by participating in the Riley Kids Caring & Sharing program.

Schools participate throughout the school year, but many schools focus their efforts in February by joining the Hearts for Riley campaign. Schools host dances, have spirit weeks and find other fun ways to raise money to support Riley Children’s Foundation in an effort to become a Red Wagon School. To earn that designation, a school must collect $1 for every student in the building. In turn, if all schools have successful campaigns, FWCS could become a Red Wagon Corporation by raising $1 for every student in the District. For the past six years, FWCS has earned the designation of Riley Corporation for raising $1 for every student in the District without participation from every school.

This is the 11th year FWCS has participated in the Riley Kids Caring & Sharing campaign. Last year, students and staff raised more than $50,000. Since 2008, the District has raised nearly $350,000.

“Our students and staff members are asked to contribute to many organizations throughout the year, but this one has an extra special place in the hearts of many of our families,” said Harris Principal Jana Ankenbruck, who is leading the Kids Caring & Sharing campaign for Fort Wayne Community Schools. “Many of our students throughout the District receive services at Riley, and many more families and employees were touched by Riley at some point in their lives.”

The idea behind the Kids Caring & Sharing program is that students can give a little to make a big difference. When a classmate is sick, there often is not much a child can do, but through this fundraiser, they can help their friends and make a difference in the lives of others.

 Already this year, five schools have earned Miracle status and many more are on their way. Those wanting to support the schools’ efforts can drop off donations at any school building or the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St.

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.