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Record Number: 1755
Displayed from: Sep 20, 2005 , until: Sep 23, 2005
More than 250 volunteers, business leaders and community partners of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ nationally recognized tutoring program, Study Connection, will have an opportunity to hear the words of author, CNN commentator and business leader Eric Liu on Friday. Study Connection will begin its 17th year with its Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 23 in the Johnny Appleseed Room in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Liu is founder of the Guiding Lights Project, which showcases the strategies and stories of great mentors, teachers and coaches from many professions and cultures. At the center of the project is his book, Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life. He served as a speechwriter for President Clinton, and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. After his White House service, he was an executive at RealNetworks, a pioneering digital media firm. A frequent commentator on CNN, Liu hosts an original NPR interview program called, “The Power of Voice.” His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1998. He has been hailed by the Times and Washington Post as a leading voice of his generation. Study Connection began in 1989 by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do it Best Corp. Volunteers are matched one-to-one with FWCS students who are in need of extra academic assistance. Students and volunteers meet weekly after-school for one hour during the school year. Eighty-five percent of the students are bused to and from local businesses for their tutoring sessions. The program has grown from 120 volunteers to nearly 750 in 2004. It was one of three programs highlighted at the 1998 All-America City competition in which Fort Wayne was one of 10 cities across the country to receive this designation. 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. At the breakfast, awards will be presented to the 2005 Volunteer of the Year, Bob Albertson, a retiree from Indiana Michigan Power Company and the 2005 Student of the Year, Ashley Johnson, who attends Haley Elementary School and has been tutored at International Truck and Engine Corporation. Two business awards will be presented: Do it Best for “Continued Program Support” and International Truck and Engine for “Continued Strong Volunteer Support.” The breakfast is by invitation only. Media are invited to cover the event. Mr. Liu is available for media interviews from 7-7:20 a.m.

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.