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Former PCSSD Students Win "Golden Ticket to Hollywood"

Former PCSSD Students Win "Golden Ticket to Hollywood"

Two Pulaski County Special School District alumni received their “golden ticket to Hollywood” on this season of American Idol!! Malcolm Allen, who attended Mills High School, punched his ticket to Hollywood during the Boston auditions and Kenneth “Woody” Gaddie, a 2003 graduate of Oak Grove High School, was pushed through during the Salt Lake City auditions. Good luck to both men!

Here are links to their “behind the scenes” interviews and Malcolm’s actual live performance.

http://www.ihigh.com/mills/video_924408.html

Two PCSSD Elementary Schools Rewarded for Performance on State Testing

Two PCSSD Elementary Schools Rewarded for Performance on State Testing

Pulaski County Special School District is excited to report that two of its elementary schools, Baker Elementary School and Joe T Robinson Elementary School, are receiving monetary awards from the State of Arkansas for their performance in 2013 on state testing. Baker Elementary School will receive $18,493 and Robinson Elementary will receive $7,568.

The schools performed in the top 20 percent of the state in overall test performance as well as student growth. Kim Truslow, principal of Robinson Elementary School, said her school has already worked on a plan for the funds that was written by a teacher representative, a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) representative and herself. “Our plan will allow classroom teachers to purchase materials and supplies to support high quality Common Core instruction and will outfit the media center with additional books to support reading achievement and the Accelerated Reader program,” Truslow said.

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.

NLRSD receives $19,500 in art supplies from Caterpillar Foundation & Thea's Art Closet

NLRSD receives $19,500 in art supplies from Caterpillar Foundation & Thea's Art Closet

As the 2014 spring semester approaches for the North Little Rock School District, Thea’s Art Closet, a program of the Thea Foundation, with the help of the Caterpillar Foundation has been making big plans for the district’s 13 elementary schools.  Thea’s Art Closet has matched the generous grant of $7,500 from the Caterpillar Foundation for a combined gift of $19,500, $1,500 per school, in the form of art supplies to the following NLRSD elementary schools:  Amboy, Boone Park, Crestwood, Glenview, Indian Hills, Lakewood, Lynch Drive, Meadow Park, North Heights, Park Hill, Pike View, Redwood Early Childhood, and Seventh Street.

ACH Patient/Artist-in-Residence Show & Sale at Thea

ACH Patient/Artist-in-Residence Show & Sale at Thea

Join the Thea Foundation as Arkansas Children’s Hospital presents works of art by its patients and artists-in-residence from December 16 to 20, culminating with an art sale of works by ACH patients on Friday, December 20, in conjunction with the Argenta ArtWalk, 5:00 - 8:00pm.

Greater Little Rock Senior Giving Tree program to begin

Greater Little Rock Senior Giving Tree program to begin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Home Instead Senior Care) - This season, holiday shoppers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Cabot and Searcy can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior  program.

The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with area retailers, volunteers and members of the community – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.

An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone. 

Special Olympics Arkansas exceeds $57,000 in donations

Special Olympics Arkansas exceeds $57,000 in donations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Special Olympics Arkansas) – More than 400 supporters attended the annual Special Olympics Arkansas Charity Olive Hour event at Next Level Events on Oct. 24, which raised more than $57,000. The proceeds will be used to increase the number of athletes participating in Special Olympics Arkansas and support additional programming such as Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes.

“We are so grateful to the many volunteers and attendees that made this year’s Charity Olive Hour such a huge success,” said Terri Weir, executive director and chief executive officer for Special Olympics Arkansas. “This event, along with the support of many other individuals and businesses, allows Special Olympics Arkansas to be one of the only states in the nation to provide training, equipment and competition to more than 14,000 athletes free of charge.”