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Record Number: 7648
Displayed from: Jun 29, 2011 , until: Jul 21, 2011
Nearly 40 refugee students who attend North Side and South Side high schools are spending four weeks in the classroom this summer to focus on learning English and experiencing American culture. This is the first time Fort Wayne Community Schools has offered such a program, which is being paid for through the Refugee Children School Impact Grant. The program is designed for students who came to the U.S. as refugees and have been in the country three years or less. The students are primarily of Burmese origin, although many were born in Thailand. They speak Burmese, Karen, Chin, Thai and Mandarin Chinese. Students attend classes at Anthis Career Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and are focusing on speaking, reading and writing in English as well as math and social studies skills. Students are working with maps of Fort Wayne, learning about Fort Wayne history and compiling journals and scrapbooks. Each Thursday, the students will take a field trip around the Fort Wayne area. The first is a walking tour to Historic Fort Wayne and Chief Little Turtle's grave site. The program began June 27 and ends July 21.

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.