Study Connection begins 22nd year - September 08, 2010

Record Number: 6584
Displayed from: Sep 08, 2010 , until: Sep 24, 2010

Study Connection will kick off its 22nd year of helping students with its Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 10. This year's keynote speaker is Manuel Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers, a group of students on which the 2007 movie "Freedom Writers" was based. Scott was a high school dropout who had been written off and was considered "unteachable" until an English teacher found a way to reach him and his classmates through books, such as, "The Diary of Anne Frank." He and his classmates started writing about their struggles, which were eventually compiled into the book, "The Freedom Writers Diary." Scott now spends much of his time sharing his story and how he turned his life around. In addition to sharing his story at the Study Connection breakfast on Friday, Scott will speak to students at Ward Education Center, 3501 Warsaw St., at 9:30 a.m. and South Side High School at 10:45 a.m. 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. In 2007, Study Connection received the Indiana Youth Institute Award for investing in youth. 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.

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.