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Record Number: 17256
Displayed from: Aug 21, 2018 , until: Oct 21, 2018

Study Connection will celebrate its 30th year of helping students with the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Thursday, Aug. 23. The event honors volunteers and students for their accomplishments and will feature keynote speaker J. Scott Savage, author of 17 book, including the “Farworld” series, “Case File 13” series and “Mysteries of Cove” series.

In addition to speaking at the annual breakfast, Savage will visit several schools on Thursday and Friday, speaking to third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders about writing and being an author. He will also host a book-signing at Barnes & Noble at Glenbrook Square from 6-8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from items sold during this time will benefit Study Connection.

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 2018 Mike McClelland Outstanding Volunteer is Skiler Lehman, who is a volunteer at Do it Best Corp. Waynedale Elementary student Jayden Quintana will be celebrated as the 2018 Don Wolf Outstanding Student. And, Patrice Nelson of Harris Elementary will be surprised with the honor of being named the Connie Dickey Outstanding FWCS Colleague.

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.

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.