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Record Number: 8930
Displayed from: Jul 03, 2012 , until: Aug 31, 2012

Fort Wayne Community Schools students and staff raised nearly $32,000 for Riley Children’s Foundation during the 2011-12 school year, earning the district the designation of Riley Corporation.

The district raised a total of $31,977 for the foundation, nearly $3,000 more than the district raised last year. Since 2008, FWCS has raised more than $125,000 for Riley.

“Our students and staff were incredibly generous this year,” said Haley Principal Rebecca Dennis, who organized the campaign for the district. “Even as many of our families struggle financially, they are willing to share what they have with others who are also in need. It is that great lesson that makes this effort worth it each and every year.”

Three-quarters of the schools met their goal of becoming a Miracle School, which means they raised at least $1 for every student in the building. Twenty-nine elementary schools, one intermediate school and five middle schools and two high schools reached their goal – the highest number of Miracle Schools ever for FWCS. Nine schools – Croninger, Forest Park, Harrison Hill, Holland and Price elementary schools, Towles Montessori Intermediate School, Miami Middle School and North Side and South Side high schools – raised more than $1,000 to support Riley.

Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health,Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children,Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92Indianacounties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 350,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region.

Each year families from Allen County turn to Riley for care nearly 4,000 times; families from Northeast Indiana visit Riley nearly 9,000 times. Many of these children are also being treated at either Parkview or Lutheran facilities, and their doctors in Allen County work closely with Riley doctors. Of the appointments from Allen County, 182 are inpatients visits and 3,849 are outpatient visits. When students help Riley, they are helping their friends and classmates.

The schools earning Miracle Status are: Bunche and Whitney Young early childhood centers, Abbett, Adams, Arlington, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Croninger, Fairfield, Forest Park, Franke Park, Glenwood Park, Haley, Harris, Harrison Hill, Holland, Indian Village, Irwin, Lindley, Nebraska, Price, Scott, South Wayne, St. Joseph Central, Study, Washington, Washington Center, Waynedale and Weisser Park elementary schools, Towles Montessori Intermediate School, Kekionga, Memorial Park, Miami, Northwood and Portage middle schools and North Side and South Side high schools.

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.