Area superintendents call for Learn United volunteers - September 22, 2010

Record Number: 6624
Displayed from: Sep 22, 2010 , until: Oct 22, 2010

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson and East Allen County Schools Superintendent Karyle Green are calling on the community to volunteer and help elementary students improve their reading skills. FWCS and EACS have hundreds of children who could benefit from extra attention from a caring adult, as provided through United Way's Learn United initiative. Ensuring the success of all students is an issue greater than any one school system, Dr. Robinson said. We rely on the support of the community to stand behind our schools and be involved in a way that makes a difference in the lives of children. Coming into our schools, reading to students, serving as mentors and showing the children that somebody cares about their success is more powerful than most people know. "Over the years, United Way volunteers have provided a most valuable service to our young people, said Dr. Green. "With the efforts of these caring, compassionate people, many children receive support in ways we can't imagine: educationally, socially, emotionally. Please take the time to learn what your efforts can mean to one child as you volunteer with United Way." United Way's Learn United initiative is looking for hundreds of volunteers to work one-on-one or with small groups of children grades K-3 in 15 Learn United schools, which are listed below. The children are identified by their teachers as those who would most benefit from individual attention. "If you like to read and enjoy working with children, you'd be a great volunteer," said Lanah Hake, director of education initiatives for United Way of Allen County. "It's easier than you might think; volunteering simply involves reading with children, asking them questions and providing encouragement. Plus, all volunteers get a short training session to help prepare them for the classroom." All kinds of volunteer opportunities are available. Learn United staff will work with individuals to find a schedule that works for them. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 260-469-4030 or visit www.LearnUnited.org to browse dozens of different opportunities. All Learn United volunteers go through a background check and are provided training in the foundations of literacy in order to gain simple skills that help children learn to read. Learn United is a 10-year effort to ensure all Allen County students read at grade level by the end of third grade. More than 1,000 local third-graders do not pass the ISTEP reading test every year; studies show that 74 percent of children who fall behind by third grade never catch up and gain the reading skills needed to be successful. Learn United is a collaborative partnership between United Way of Allen County, the Allen County Education Partnership, all four Allen County public school districts, and The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit, www.LearnUnited.org

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.