Anthony Wayne Rotary supports third-graders - October 04, 2007

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Displayed from: Oct 04, 2007 , until: Nov 04, 2007

Anthony Wayne Rotary members have spent the week distributing Dictionaries to third-graders throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools. Thursday, Rotary President Bob Moore, and his wife Marcia, met the third-graders at Lincoln Elementary School, 1001 E. Cook Road, to personally present them with their books. Rotary purchased 2,760 dictionaries in order to provide a book to each of the third-graders in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Most were distributed this week, with the remainder to be distributed next week. "Purchasing dictionaries for third-graders is one of the many education-based programs Rotary clubs across the country participate in," Moore said. "Our club decided if we were going to do it, we were going to do it for every student in Fort Wayne Community Schools." Learning to use a dictionary is an important literacy skill that students need to have as they master reading and writing. The district's elementary schools are focusing heavily on making sure all students are reading and writing at grade level. Students have a daily "literacy block," where they spend 90 straight minutes focusing on reading and writing. That block can include reading and writing on any number of subjects, including social studies, science or literature, but it must be literacy based. "Knowing how to read and write is critical to being successful in school and in life," Lincoln Principal Y. Craig Martin said. "We appreciate Rotary's interest in helping our students thrive academically." Anthony Wayne Rotary hopes to continue providing dictionaries to students in the future.

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.