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Record Number: 6228
Displayed from: Apr 21, 2010 , until: May 21, 2010
Holland Elementary School, 7000 Red Haw Drive, is kicking off a major fundraiser with a student assembly Thursday, April 22. The school is working to raise $120,000 to install a Theraplay Center at the school. The equipment would provide the school's physically handicapped students access to playground equipment that offers both an opportunity to play outdoors and equipment to assist in physical therapy. Similar equipment was installed at Brentwood Elementary School in 2007 after years of fundraising by Brentwood students, staff and PTA and with assistance from the City of Fort Wayne. Holland staff members anticipate fundraising will take two to three years and are hoping for major donors to contribute to the effort. Thursday's kickoff begins with student assemblies at 9:30 a.m. for third- through fifth-graders and 1:30 p.m. for kindergarten through second-graders. At the assemblies, the school's Jar Wars fundraiser will begin, challenging classes to raise the most money. Students and their families will also be invited to the Burger King Benefit Night from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Burger King at 6225 Lima Road. During the Benefit Night, Burger King will donate 20 percent of increased sales made during the event.

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.