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Record Number: 9356
Displayed from: Nov 27, 2012 , until: Dec 02, 2012

Students at North Side High School will spend the week preparing for the school’s 25th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer, which will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd.

Preparing for the party includes raising money, making contacts with community members for donations, shopping for gifts for each child in every family attending, wrapping the gifts and organizing entertainment. Dozens of students from several student groups, including those focused on community service, as well as those connected to the arts and academics, participate in raising money for gifts and organizing the annual event.

Students will shop from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at K-Mart on Coliseum Boulevard. The gifts will be wrapped from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at North Side.

More than a dozen families are expected to participate in Sunday’s party. Entertainment includes performances by the North Side Show Choir, dance teams, orchestra and drama ensembles. Santa will also be present to hand out gifts.

“This event is one of the highlights of the school year at North Side,” said Mike Morris, who serves as the staff sponsor of the event. “It is a time when our students can focus on the true meaning of community and the importance of serving others. The students work hard for many months to make sure everything is in place for the party. Some families attend year after year, and the students look forward to checking in with families they have met in prior years. And while North Side students are focused on making sure they provide Christmas cheer for others, they get something out of it as well – the satisfaction that comes with watching a child’s eyes light up when they see Santa.”

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.