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Byron Health Center to Host ‘Back to School … Back to Oz’ Event

Byron Health Center will host a Wizard of Oz-inspired afternoon for members of the Boys & Girls Club, Helping Neighbors Fort Wayne Facebook group as well as school-age children and grandchildren of staff in need on the Byron Health Center campus grounds, 12101 Lima Rd in Fort Wayne on Saturday, August 9th, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Approximately 25 members of the Boys & Girls Club, 90 children from the Helping Neighbors Fort Wayne Facebook group as well as another 15 school-age children or grandchildren of Byron Health Center staff will also ‘follow the yellow brick road’ to find backpacks and school supplies that they can use as the new school year looms near. Attendees had to pre-register for the event.

One of the acts scheduled to perform at the Back to School … Back to Oz event is Fort Wayne Martial Arts Expert Sensei Steve Basche, of Basche’s Martial Arts. He will offer interactive demonstrations on Karate and Tae Kwon Do. Fort Wayne Police Officers Chris Faherty and John Drummer, along with Police Dog Bach, will have a presentation for attendees including a meet and greet. Finally, Fort Wayne teenage magician Henry Flugle will amaze with his illusions and ventriloquist act. Visits from the Three Rivers Festival’s Admiral Andy and Johnny TinCap are also expected. Some snacks, like popcorn and snow cones, will be distributed by the staff while residents costumed as The Wizard of Oz characters will greet the students and their families.

The Byron Health Center Resident Council helped to purchase the needed school supplies. Generous members of the Byron Health Center staff also donated school supplies and Menard’s graciously provided backpacks at cost. Both staff and residents from Byron Health Center will distribute the backpacks and school supplies. “We appreciate all that the Fort Wayne community has done for us over the years,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Byron Health Center Director of Life Enrichment, “Our residents and staff are looking forward to giving back a bit by providing backpacks and school supplies for those in need.”

Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services which meet the needs of both young and older adults. Each resident is recognized as an individual with unique needs who seeks and deserves to reach his or her optimal potential. Byron Health Center and Byron Residential Center continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents. Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Byron Residential Center provides services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.