FWCS Striving to Become Red Wagon Corporation

Record Number: 18993
Displayed from: Feb 10, 2020 , until: Apr 10, 2020

Fort Wayne Community Schools is once again striving to become a Red Wagon Corporation for Riley Children’s Foundation by raising at least $1 for every student in each school building.

FWCS earned the highest designation for the 2017-18 school year, but fell short in 2018-19. FWCS students and staff raised $46,811 through Riley’s Kids Caring & Sharing program last year, but had only a 96 percent participation rate from the school buildings and instead earned the Riley Corporation award.

“We are really hoping to regain Red Wagon status this year with 100 percent of our schools participating,” said Harris Elementary Principal Jana Ankenbruck, who leads the campaign. “Our students and staff understand the importance of supporting Riley Children’s Foundation because so many of our students have relied on Riley Hospital’s services at some point in their lives. By donating just $1, students know they are doing something to help kids just like them.”

To raise money, many schools will host spirit weeks this month, inviting students to donate $1 to participate in crazy hair days, pajama days and more. Others will have special events, such as Blackhawk Middle School’s tobogganing trip on Feb. 21 or North Side High School’s Dancing with the Stars event in March.

This is the 13th year the District has participated in the Kids Caring & Sharing campaign, raising a total of nearly $450,000.

“It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together and contribute a little at a time,” Ankenbruck said. Donations can be dropped off at any school or District office.

Children from Allen County are admitted to Riley Hospital more than 350 times each year and see Riley physicians nearly 4,300 times each year. In January 2018, Riley Children’s Health opened an outpatient clinic in Fort Wayne with health care providers specializing in gastroenterology, urology, pulmonology, cardiology, neurosurgery and rheumatology. Funds raised through Riley Children’s Foundation’s Kids Caring & Sharing program benefit pediatric research and patient care at Riley Hospital and have allowed Riley to rise into the nation’s top 10 pediatric research hospitals. To learn more about Riley Children’s Foundation, visit BeTheHopeNOW.org.

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.