Media clerk Betty Matczak had her book wish list prepared even before the check arrived.
“We have a whole list,” Matczak said, describing how even Washington Elementary School’s youngest readers eagerly sift through the library’s shelves looking for their favorite series.
Topping the list of favorites are graphic novels, the Percy Jackson series and “Choose Your Own Adventure” – where students can develop their own adventure by selecting which way the action heads next, she said.
Superheroes are also a popular topic, she added.
On Thursday, Washington Elementary received a $500 check from Target as part of the Books for School Award program. The program is in partnership with First Book, an organization that provides new books to children in need.
Nicholas Lawrence, a representative from the Target store on Stellhorn Road, said each Target store selects a school each year.
“Our store (on Stellhorn) got together with a list of schools to choose from and we picked Washington,” Lawrence said. “They seem so much a part of the community.”
Principal J.R. Ankenbruck said the donation will not only help offset the cost of keeping the library’s shelves stocked with new books but also help student meet an important goal.
“Our goal is to develop real readers. Students who will go home and want to read and keep reading as they become adults,” Ankenbruck said.
•University of Saint Francis, Ivy Tech, Indiana Tech and IPFW will team up to share the benefits of dual credit programs at a Dual Credit Information Night at the USF Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
•On Wednesday, YWCA Northeast Indiana will be hosting an open discussion on the history of the Colored Women’s Club of Fort Wayne and the advancements it has made by empowering the minority community. This discussion will be led by author and historian Marsha Smiley and begins at 1:30 p.m. at the YWCA’s office, 1610 Spy Run Ave.
•The Mensa Qualifying Test will be Saturday at the John Paul II building, room 113 at the University of Saint Francis. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and testing begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $40 and a photo ID is required. Must be 18 years or older. For more information, contact Dan Klopfenstein, dan firstname.lastname@example.org or 710-0030.
•The University of Saint Francis invites area education professionals to the seventh annual Best Practices Showcase, in which educators from across Indiana share their teaching strategies as they learn and share with colleagues in a professional community. The showcase will be 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Pope John Paul II Center and Doermer Family Center.
•The deadline for the Innovation Challenge presented by Fifth Third Bank is Saturday. For more information and to download the one-page entry form, visit innovation1.org, send an email to Neil Miller at email@example.com or call 260-665-4133.
•U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, is inviting high school students living in his district to participate in the House Student App Contest, the first congressional academic competition in science, technology, engineering and math. Students must create an account on www.challengepost.com and register for the contest under Stutzman’s profile by 11:59 p.m. April 30. For information, call Kathie Green at Stutzman’s Fort Wayne office, 424-3041.
•The Hospitality Administration program at Ivy Tech recently named eight winners in The Mystery Basket Competition. Culinary students were given 4 hours and 15 minutes to create three dishes from a surprise assortment of pre-selected ingredients. The winners – Eric Sauer, Adam House, James Cole Huffman, Bryce Verfaillie, Caitlin Ruth Song O’Mara, Patricia Pereira Pee, Sarah Marie Fox, and Glenda Hinton – will travel to France to study French cuisine and cooking.
•Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host a Black History Month celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Student Life Center gymnasium on North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive.
•Dr. Martin Alphonse, professor of intercultural studies at Multnomah University, will give his perspective on “Evangelism and India” during the 7 p.m. Thursday Forester Lecture at Huntington University. The lecture is free and open to the public in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.
•IPFW will host a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Walb Student Union as part of February’s African American Heritage Month. Panelists include Chris Douse, Garien Hudson, Daysha Jackson, Rhonda Meriwether, Kim Barnett-Johnson, Sheila Cuffy and Cynthia Lloyd.
•Newly appointed Indiana Poet Laureate and Professor of English George Kalamaras will celebrate his state appointment by reading his original poetry for the IPFW and greater Fort Wayne communities. “Gray Barn Rising” will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Walb International Ballroom.