Study Connection will celebrate its 29th year of helping students with the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Thursday, August 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 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.

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. 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.

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