Study Connection celebrates 20th year - September 09, 2008

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Displayed from: Sep 09, 2008 , until: Oct 09, 2008

Author Robert Fulghum will help Study Connection commemorate its 20th year by serving as the guest speaker at the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 12. Fulghum, who is best known for his book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," will join hundreds of supporters, volunteers and prospective volunteers in celebrating two decades of Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program. Study Connection began in 1989, founded by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do it Best Corp. In the last two decades an estimated 10,000 students have gone through the program. Volunteers are matched one-to-one with FWCS students who need academic assistance. Students and volunteers meet weekly after school for one hour during the school year with 79 percent of the students bused to and from local businesses for their tutoring sessions. This not only gives students a chance to receive some extra homework help, but also meet a mentor in the community and learn about local career opportunities. 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. Last year, Study Connection received the Indiana Youth Institute Award for investing in youth. In honor of its 20th year, Study Connection hopes to have 1,000 volunteers donate a total of 20,000 hours throughout the 2008-09 school year. In addition to "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," Fulghum has written six other best-selling books. He grew up in Waco, Texas, and worked as a ditch-digger, newspaper carrier, ranch hand, singing cowboy and IBM employee before going to graduate school and completing a degree in theology. He served as the parish minister of Unitarian churches in the Pacific Northwest for 22 years. The Study Connection breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Ceruti's, 6601 Innovation Blvd. Attendance at the breakfast is by invitation only. Media are invited to cover the event. Anyone interested in volunteering with Study Connection should call 467-8810.

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.