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Record Number: 5213
Displayed from: Jun 30, 2009 , until: Jul 30, 2009
Students at seven schools saved nearly a half-ton of clothing and school supplies from going into the landfill by donating them instead of throwing them away at the end of the school year. Elmhurst and Snider high schools, Towles Intermediate School and Kekionga, Lane, Portage and Shawnee middle schools participated in the Locker Leftover project at the end of the school year as a way to reduce the amount of trash generated at each school. Containers were set up for school supplies, including backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils, that could be used again and clothing in good condition that the students no longer wanted. Students generated 960 pounds worth of clothing and school supplies, which will be given to the FWCS/PTA Clothing Bank. Containers were also set out for paper recycling, with each school collecting multiple boxes of paper that did not go into the trash. The project was a suggestion from Fort Wayne Community Schools' Sustainable Schools Committee, whose goal is to find ways for the school district to be good stewards of the earth's natural resources by exploring issues such as recycling, energy conservation and reducing waste. This was the first year for the Locker Leftover project, and the committee hopes it will expand to other schools in coming years.

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.