Study Connection sites get back to work - October 05, 2009

Record Number: 5451
Displayed from: Oct 05, 2009 , until: Oct 23, 2009

The 21st year of Study Connection begins Tuesday, Oct. 6, when 18 students from Washington Center Elementary head to Raytheon for an hour of after-school tutoring. Raytheon has been a Study Connection site since 1992. This year, the company's volunteer numbers doubled, making it possible for students to travel to Raytheon two days a week. A second group of 19 students will start Wednesday, Oct. 7. Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program 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. In 2007, Study Connection received the Indiana Youth Institute Award for investing in youth. New volunteers and tutoring sites are always needed. To learn more about the program or to get involved, contact the Study Connection office at 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.