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Record Number: 4135
Displayed from: May 01, 2008 , until: May 09, 2008
Two Fort Wayne Community Schools groups are working to turn their community projects into something big. At Arlington Elementary, teacher Monya Weissert and her kindergarten class are working with students throughout the building and the PTA to raise money to replace the school's antiquated playground equipment with handicap accessible equipment. Some of the equipment is so old it needs to be removed and replaced with more modern, safer equipment. FWCS Printing Services Graphic Design Technician Shannon McClure and her mother, Jenny, are collecting books for Kate's Kart, an organization that provides free books to children in hospitals. Kate Layman was 18 months old when she died in January of heart failure. Both teams are competing in Majic 95.1's Little Give contest, based on Oprah Winfrey's Big Give. The radio station's challenge was to stretch $100 into a much larger project in just two weeks. At Arlington, students will have a walk-a-thon from 9-10 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the school, 8118 St. Joe Center Road. Students are collecting pledges for each lap they walk during the hour. Shannon and Jenny have been trying to collect enough books to fill a U-Haul truck. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, they will have a Fill the U-Haul event in the parking lot of Bisque It Pottery Painting Studio, 7605 Coldwater Road (just north of Northrop High School), and are asking people to donate books. The event features free food and discount coupons to Bisque It. The two teams are competing against three others. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May 6, on Magic 95.1.

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.