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Record Number: 1720
Displayed from: Sep 07, 2005 , until: Sep 08, 2005

The 28 three- through five-year-olds attending Anthis Career Center's Preschool program will get a first-hand lesson in giving on Thursday, Sept. 8. At 10 a.m., the class will begin their walk from the Barr Street entrance of Anthis to the Anthis Automotive Center on Lewis and Lafayette streets. Each student will be carrying their donation to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. This is a lesson to our students that no matter what our age or situation, there is always something we can do to help someone in need, said Renee Lord, preschool director. Students are donating shampoo, toothbrushes/toothpaste, facial tissues and sanitary wipes. The Automotive Department is collecting these as well as diapers, baby food, baby formula, first aid supplies and personal hygiene supplies. So far, they have also received $1,300, which may be used for gas if the items are taken to Louisiana. However, if evacuees come to Fort Wayne, the money will be donated to the American Red Cross here. Donations of personal hygiene and toiletry items can be taken to the Anthis Automotive building. NOTE: Media are welcome at the 10 a.m. trek to the auto center. All students have permission to be photographed/interviewed. Along with Director Lord, teachers Lauri North, Cindi Phiillips and Ann McNabb and classroom assistant Joy Abraham will be available for interviews. At the auto center, Robert Roebuck, assistant principal, will be on hand to accept the donations and talk about the collection effort.

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.