North Side Hosts Annual Kids Surviving Cancer Christmas Party - November 29, 2018

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Displayed from: Nov 29, 2018 , until: Jan 29, 2019

North Side High School is preparing for the 32nd annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer. The celebration for children who have battled cancer and their families will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd.

North Side students and staff work with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana to host the party. This year, 23 families are expected to attend the party, which will include food provided by Casa Grille, music, face painting, dance performances and a visit from Santa.

Students and staff raise money throughout the year to host the event. Students adopt a family by shopping for Christmas presents for the children in the family, wrapping the presents and attending the event alongside their designated family.

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.

“This is one of our greatest traditions at North Side,” said Cassidy DeCook, the teacher sponsor for the event. “The students get so much out of hosting this experience for local families. They put in many hours of work, but the smiles on the faces of the families who attend are gratifying and show students how their actions can make a difference.”

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.