Our District Teacher of the Year A.J. Spiridigliozzi got quite a surprise in his 6th period class last week!
The folks from Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger came and presented "Mr. S" with a $1,000 gift card!
Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger have teamed up to honor Teachers of the Year in 7 school districts in Central Arkansas as part of their "Big Hearts, mini cans" program.
"Teachers invest in our community each day through their work," says Devin Dunnaway, Director of Retail Sales for Coca-Cola Consolidated, "Our Big Hearts, Mini Cans Program gives us the opportunity to invest back in them. We like to say that our cans might be mini, but our appreciation for our local educators is enormous."
Besides this fun surprise to Mr. S, the teachers of the year from our other 15 schools will also receive $500 to "refresh" their classrooms at an upcoming "Stars in Education" event.
The event will take place at the Clinton Presidential Center on November 10th and will celebrate 150 deserving local educators.
Guests will enjoy live music, a catered dinner, and a ceremony honoring teachers' work to support families throughout Central Arkansas.
THANK YOU to these generous community partners for investing in our teachers!
Congratulations to Carolyn Lewis Elementary School- winner of the 2018 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year- Best Community Collaborative Garden Award.
As the winner, they receive $500 to help with their farm-to-school efforts.
“School gardens bring agriculture, our state’s largest industry, to life for Arkansas students,” said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. “Congratulations to the 2018 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year awardees. We are honored to continue this program another year and support school garden initiatives across Arkansas. We appreciate the sponsorship provided by Farm Credit that makes this important program possible.”
The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit of Arkansas started the contest in 2014 to promote the importance of involving young people in the process of fresh food production and cultivation. Any Arkansas school, grades pre-K-12, with a working school garden during the 2017-2018 school year, or a startup proposal for the 2018-2019 school year was eligible to apply.
“As a farmer-owned cooperative, we believe it’s important to support local food system initiatives such as the Arkansas Grown School Garden Program,” said Farm Credit Midsouth President and CEO, James McJunkins, on behalf of the Farm Credit cooperatives of Arkansas. “Local food projects like this are a great way to educate the next generation and the public about food production and agriculture.”
CHS Senior Elizabeth Ablondi has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Ablondi, one of about 34,000 students nationwide to be recognized for her academic promise with this honor, placed among the top 50,000 scorers on the 2017 PSAT. More than 1.6 million students took the test.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes these commended students in an effort to broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them in their pursuit of academic success.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential...” says a National Merit Corporation Spokesman, “...these students are vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”
Ablondi’s class schedule this year includes all Advanced Placement classes except for her athletic period. She is a member of the CHS Dance team.
Conway High School Principal Buck Bing says Ablondi is an outstanding representative of the Class of 2019.
“We are all extremely proud of the accomplishments of Ms. Elizabeth Anne Ablondi,” says Bing. “She takes her academic achievement very seriously, and is still committed to contributing and making the extracurricular activities she’s involved in one of the state’s best. Ms. Ablondi is one of those students who no matter the day or time is always seen with a smile on her face and exhibiting a great attitude and effort.”
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