Study Connection Read-A-Thon celebrates community connections - January 10, 2008

Record Number: 3724
Displayed from: Jan 10, 2008 , until: Jan 31, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools' Study Connection will celebrate the many partnerships between schools and community groups with a Read-A-Thon from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the main Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. Celebrity readers from around the Allen County will read their favorite stories to students from Abbett, Nebraska and Washington elementary schools who participate in Study Connection. Readers include FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson, Mark Keen, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, WOWO's morning talk show host Charly Butcher, Rosa Gerra, Executive Director of United Hispanic Americans, Inc., Fort Wayne Fire Chief Pete Kelly and members of the Study Connection Advisory Committee. The celebrities will read to small groups of students at 4:05 p.m. At 4:25 p.m., local storyteller Condra Ridley will read to the entire group of students. Having a Read-A-Thon is a way to get students and the community excited about reading, said Sharon Callender, director of Community Programs, which oversees Study Connection. The more excited children are about reading, the more likely they are to read. And the more they read, the more likely they are to succeed academically. The Read-A-Thon event begins at 3 p.m. with an orientation for business people who are not already involved with Study Connection but want to know more about the program. This year, there are more than 600 volunteers working with students at more than 30 locations in Fort Wayne. From 3:30-4 p.m., students from Abbett, Washington and Nebraska elementary schools will meet with their tutors from GE, BAE Systems, Fort Wayne Downtown Rotary Club, Wellspring Interfaith Social Services and Indiana Michigan Power for homework help. And at 4 p.m., Study Connection will unveil its new logo. The program is preparing to kick-off its 20th year of serving students in the fall. Study Connection was started in 1989 by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do it Best Corp. Volunteers are matched one-to-one with FWCS students who need extra academic assistance. Students and volunteers meet weekly after school for one hour during the school year. Eighty-five percent of the students are bused to and from local businesses for their tutoring sessions. Study Connection has been replicated in other cities across the nation, including Clinton, Iowa, where the Governor recognized it as the 2000 Volunteer Program of the Year.

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.