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Displayed from: Aug 28, 2017 , until: Oct 28, 2017

Study Connection will celebrate its 29th year of helping students with the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Thursday, Aug. 31. The event honors volunteers and students for their accomplishments and will feature keynote speaker Carmen Agra Deedy, author of 11 children’s books, including “14 Cows for America” and “The Library Dragon.”

Deedy’s stories of her childhood as a Cuban refugee growing up in Decatur, Ga., first appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is also the host of the four-time Emmy-winning children’s program, “Love that Book!” Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer and has been a guest speaker for the TED and TEDx conferences, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, The National Book Festival, Kennedy Center and other places. Her newest book, “The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!” was released earlier this year, and “The Book of Unintended Consequences,” a young adult novel, will be released next year.

The annual breakfast serves as the kick-off to a new year of tutors throughout the community working with students, but it also is a time to honor those who have given their time to improve students’ lives.

The 2017 Mike McClelland Outstanding Volunteer is Doug Cramer, who is a volunteer at the Harris Corp. site. St. Joseph Central Elementary student Jamarion Kolagbodi will be celebrated as the 2017 Don Wolf Outstanding Student. And, one FWCS staff member will be surprised with the honor of being named the Connie Dickey Outstanding FWCS Colleague.

Following the breakfast, Deedy will visit Lindley Elementary School to visit with fourth- and fifth-graders who have recently read “The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!”

Study Connection began in 1989, founded by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do it Best Corp. Over nearly three decades, more than 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 the majority of the students bused to and from local businesses for tutoring sessions. This not only gives students a chance to receive  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 and has been recognized as an outstanding mentoring program.

The Study Connection breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Ceruti’s, 6601 Innovation Blvd. Attendance at the breakfast is by invitation only. Media are invited to cover the event.

To get involved with Study Connection, call 467-8811.

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.