A local group visited students at Prince Chapman Academy on Friday to present the school with a $1,000 check to help get a new book club up and running.
The new club, called Book Club for Boyz is just getting started, but it won’t be long before teachers expect to see a difference, Prince Chapman Academy Principal Thelma Green said.
These clubs have worked lots of places and schools are seeing a huge difference in the students’ willingness to read, she said.
The decision to create a book club specifically for boys was made after school leaders noticed some students trailing behind in reading scores.
We took a look at our data and asked where do we see the most struggle and one of those areas was in reading for boys, specifically our African-American boys, Green said.
Timothy Sanford, 12, said he was excited that the money would be used to purchase boy books.
Sanford said he’d like to see mystery books or stories about animals added to the school library’s collection.
The club will begin with six students from each grade for a total of 24 students in the first group of book club members. Prince Chapman has about 291 boys enrolled in grades three through six.
On Friday, United Auto Workers Local 2209 representatives presented the school with a $1,000 check to be used to support the Book Club for Boyz initiative.
The money was raised earlier this year as part of a Roasting fundraiser with Mayor Tom Henry, said UAW chairman Vern Trimble, who presented the check to Green.
Science Central will be closed Mondaythrough Friday for building and exhibit maintenance. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
YWCA Northeast Indiana is seeking Hope Award nominations for each of five categories: Women’s Economic Empowerment, Racial Justice, Child Advocacy, Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention and the Junior Hope Award. To nominate someone, go online to ywca.org/NEIN/DVAM. Nominations are due by Sept. 25.
Local non-profit organizations are invited to apply for the Organization and Program Effectiveness grant through the Indiana Youth Institute. Applications are due Sept. 25. For more information about the grant, go online to iyi.org/pecg or call Carolyn Langan at 1-800-343-7060, ext. 2716.
Blood Drives: The Indiana Tech Wellness Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdaynear the Pierson Center at 1600 W. Washington Blvd. Huntington University’s Friesen Center for Volunteer Service will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdayin the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons.
IPFW Alumni Relations will host the 15th annual Mastodon Roast from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdayat the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, 1528 E. California Road. RSVP at ipfw.edu/alumni.
Nicholas Bartkowiak, of Fort Wayne, was selected for the IPFW Chancellor’s Scholarship. The scholarship pays for half tuition and student fees. Bartkowiak plans to study biology and is a graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School.
The University of Saint Francis will offer continuing education for educators with a webinar series Learning is Forever: Celebrating the Power of Professional Development. The series begins Tuesday with Engaging Students Through Project-based Learning by Kim Brewster of Adams Central High School.
Warrior Weekend, Indiana Tech’s annual homecoming celebration, will be Thursdaythrough Sunday. For more information, visit indianatech.edu/homecoming.
Indiana Tech Law School will host a lecture at 1 p.m. Tuesdayin the Law School Courtroom in observance of Constitution Day.