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Record Number: 17538
Displayed from: Feb 14, 2019 , until: Apr 14, 2019

Fort Wayne Community Schools kicks off its annual fundraiser for Riley Children’s Foundation at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd.

North Side is preparing for a Dancing with the Stars event next month as a fundraiser for Riley Children’s Foundation. North Side celebrities, including Principal David West, will dance with members of the Dance V team. To promote the event, the dance team will perform to “Thriller” in full costume at half-time of the varsity boys basketball game Saturday.

North Side has already reached Red Wagon School status for the 2018-19 school year by raising $2,400 through two events in November and December. North Side’s goal for the year is $5,000. To be a Red Wagon School, schools must raise at least $1 for every student in the building. But North Side, like many FWCS school buildings, go beyond the minimum requirement.

“Last year, we raised $3,000, which was enough to name a red wagon at Riley that will be used by patients,” said Kara Wilson, North Side Dance Director. “We increased our goal this year because the students get so much out of performing for others and raising money for a worthy cause. Many students know someone who has used Riley Hospital’s services – sometimes they were patients themselves. This is just one way they can give back.”

Spirit days and other events for Riley Children’s Foundation often take place in February, but schools can raise funds throughout the school year. Last year, each FWCS school earned Red Wagon status, making FWCS a Red Wagon Corporation for the first time and the largest Red Wagon Corporation in the state. The total raised throughout the District was $51,060. FWCS is working to keep that status by raising $1 for every student in the district this year. In addition to North Side, Snider High School and Croninger Elementary School have already reached Red Wagon status.

“We are so proud of the generosity of our families to support this annual campaign,” said Harris Elementary Principal Jana Ankenbruck, who leads the campaign. “Our students oftentimes see a classmate who is sick and visits Riley, and they want to help their friend feel better. The Kids Caring & Sharing campaign is one way they help. It just takes $1.”

Children from Allen County are admitted to Riley Hospital for care more than 400 times each year and see Riley physicians more than 4,800 times each year. In January 2018, Riley Children’s Health opened an outpatient clinic in Fort Wayne with health care providers specializing in gastroenterology, urology, pulmonology, cardiology, neurosurgery and rheumatology. Funds raised through Riley Children’s Foundation’s Kids Caring & Sharing program benefit pediatric research and patient care at Riley Hospital and have allowed Riley to rise into the nation’s top 10 pediatric research hospitals. To learn more about Riley Children’s Foundation, visit

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.