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Record Number: 1862
Displayed from: Jan 23, 2006 , until: Feb 06, 2006

Renowned artist and illustrator Kadir Nelson will be the guest speaker for the Fort Wayne Education Association's kickoff of its annual Read Across America observance. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, members of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Read Across America teams at each of the district's 53 schools, administrators and Board of School Trustees members will be at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art to meet with Nelson and to see his works. Most recently, he has illustrated a book celebrating the life of jazz great Duke Ellington. Nelson is the 2005 Corretta Scott King Awards winner and has become one of today's most successful illustrators. The IPFW jazz orchestra will perform during the event, which kicks off the FWEA/FWCS wildly popular Read Across America event taking place on March 2. It will be the 9th annual celebration for the district - and the 102nd birthday of the creator of the Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss. Last year, 2,000 people from across the community volunteered to read to children in FWCS schools! Members of media are invited to attend the event. For information, contact Debbie Morgan, PIO, 467-2022.

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.