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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County

Immigration panel to discuss children

In response to changes in immigration enforcement, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne will present a forum, “Children and ICE: How Immigration Enforcement Affects Local Families,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room C of the downtown Allen County Public Library. Local children facing deportation or separation from their parents are the focus.

Barbara Szweda, a former law professor and director of the immigration clinic at the University of Notre Dame, will update the community on the current immigration enforcement situation in Indiana, with an emphasis on the effect on children.

Brayan Castillo of Fort Wayne, aDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participant, will share his perspective and experience. Audrey Davis, coordinator of the Social Justice Ministries for the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, will talk about options for people who want to help the children and their families. Adrienne Shroyer, Fort Wayne Community Schools guidance counselor, will also share her stories.

FWCS opens doors for Tuesday Tours

Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer Tuesday Tours through Dec. 12 so families can visit each school before the Dec. 15 deadline to submit school assignment applications.

Hours are 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. for elementary schools; 8 to 10 a.m. for middle schools; and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for high schools. Bunche and Towles are the exceptions, with tours available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m.

Families unable to attend during these times may call a school to arrange an alternative time.

Students are assigned to a school based on where they live, but families can choose from any of FWCS' other schools.

School assignment applications can be submitted at Paper forms are available at the schools and the Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave.

If there are more applicants than spaces available at any of the schools, a lottery will be held to determine admittance.

– Journal Gazette