Kids across the ocean, and across the city of Conway are starting the school year with new school supplies, thanks to the kindness of kids at Marguerite Vann Elementary School.
The students at Marguerite Vann worked together on a school wide community service project called Kids Helping Kids. This program, organized by principal Bobby Walker, was designed to help the students understand the value & importance of caring, teamwork and how they can make a difference in the lives of other kids!
The students collected over 2000 school supplies for kids that live in St. Lucia. Mr. Walker teamed up with Spencer Ambrose (a St. Lucian community leader) who got the supplies to the underprivileged children that needed them for the start of the school year. Local donations were also made to the Conway YES! Program and the Pine Street Backpack Program.
"Many business & community leaders partnered with us as well as Miss Arkansas Ambassador Preteen, Claire Lambert." says Vann's Media Specialist Jamille Rogers. "Our school community is excited and eager to see this project succeed. Because of this program, many students are starting their school year off right for the 2015-2016 School Year!"
Even before the First Day of School, teachers at Ellen Smith Elementary School have been preparing for this great school year.
The teachers took a "field trip" to Conway's City of Hope Outreach Center to see firsthand what "COHO" provides for their students, and how they could better partner with this organization.
Ellen Smith's Instructional Facilitator Natalie Cunningham says the trip was very beneficial for everyone.
"The staff at COHO cares for our kids just as much as we do." says Cunningham. "I’m looking forward to working hand in hand with them this year in support of our Ellen Smith kiddos.”
The teachers discussed how COHO helps the students after school and the services they provide to the community, as well as what they need to do in order to get the students the after-school help that they need. They also discussed resources the school and the outreach center can share.
Families at Jim Stone Elementary School came to school last night to meet their new teachers, as well as see a brand new track area for their students. The school held a “Back to School Bash” for families Thursday night, August 13th. Students were able to drop off school supplies and meet teachers and staff inside the building, before heading out to the playground and track area for all sorts of fun.
Jim Stone Principal Mark Lewis says the school’s PTO wanted to do something a little different to celebrate back to school this year.
“We wanted to get families together to just spend time visiting and getting to know each other,” Lewis said. "It’s important to develop a strong and positive school culture right from the start…and the bash was the perfect way to do that!"
On the playground area, students, parents, and teachers enjoyed free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, and drinks, sponsored by Cisco and Express Employment Services. Kona Ice was on hand to sell frozen treats. The kids played on the playground and watched magician Derek Rose perform.
KTHV’s Craig O’Neal broadcast live from the school and joined leaders from Baptist Health for the highlight of the evening--a topping off ceremony for the school’s new track and field.
"We are grateful to Baptist for their partnership in this important project that will make such a difference for our kids,” said Lewis. "We haven’t been able to use the field, or much of our track, for the last several years, and it is going to be so fun for our kids to run and play out here this year."
Students and volunteer coaches from the Jim Stone Running Club placed the first shovels of asphalt onto the new track. Baptist Health’s generous donation will cap off this Conway Public Schools' project enabling our kids to once again be able to utilize the track and field.
“The new track is going to be awesome!” said PE Teacher Laurel Breashears…."I am so excited to get to be outside on the track this year!”
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