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My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

LRSD to change substitute teacher program

LRSD to change substitute teacher program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the end of the school year in sight, the Little Rock School District is announcing changes coming next year for its substitute teacher program.

To save money, the district says it will use a private company, Will-Sub, to handle the way substitutes are hired, assigned and paid.

Pamela Smith with LRSD said that current employees should not notice much change in how they do their jobs, but the subs will see an increase in their daily pay due to the move.

This change takes effect July 1, 2014.

 

District announces recipients of PCSSD Scholarships

District announces recipients of PCSSD Scholarships

On April 25, May 2 and May 14, 2014, the Pulaski County Special School District’s Scholarship Committee met to review and score the applications submitted for the 2013-2014 PCSSD scholarship funding. Based on the points from the scoring rubric, the committee has awarded a $2,500 scholarship toward post-secondary education to the following outstanding graduating seniors. Congratulations to them all!

Staff member shares thoughts on students dedicating lip dup to her fight against cancer

Staff member shares thoughts on students dedicating lip dup to her fight against cancer

GREENBRIER, Ark. (KTHV) - The lyrics of Madisa's song, "Overcomer" are the words to Dana Taylor's testimony. "The whole student body, the whole staff, you know they all come together and did this for me and it was overwhelming," Dana Taylor begins.

Taylor is the administrative assistant at Greenbrier High School and a person who many say helps keep the building in order. But in January of this year her duties were put on hold after being diagnosed with cancer. Taylor says, "It was tough the first three months or so and it got a little better and I got stronger."

ORIGINAL STORY: Greenbrier High devotes lip dub for cancer fighter

Must See: Greenbrier High devotes lib dub to cancer fighter

GREENBRIER, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sent to THV11 by a viewer via Facebook, a video made by high school students in support of a beloved staff member who is battling cancer, has reached more than 600 views on YouTube as of Wednesday morning.

The synopsis on the video that features kids lip syncing and dancing to "Overcomer" by Mandisa reads, "Greenbrier High School supporting Mrs. Dana Taylor in her fight against cancer. Dana is a part of the office staff here at Greenbrier High School. Dana, you are an overcomer."

 

UAMS sets SeniorNet June computer classes

UAMS sets SeniorNet June computer classes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UAMS)– Computer classes — Fundamentals for Beginners — Win 7 and Digital Photography Utilizing Picasa  — will be taught in June for people ages 50 and older at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Classes begin June 2. They are:

*         Fundamentals for Beginners — Win 7, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon.

*         Digital Photography Utilizing Picasa, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Course fees for 16 hours of instruction are $45, and student manuals are $15. The program is administered by SeniorNet, a nonprofit volunteer group. Classes are in Room 2156 at the UAMS Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive, Little Rock. 

Maumelle High Hornets Assist Residents Of Mayflower

Maumelle High Hornets Assist Residents Of Mayflower

On Friday, a team of Maumelle High School teachers and students collected a truckload of items for victims of the recent tornado, as well as $1,000 in cash, plus gift cards. On Saturday, they partnered with Habitat for Humanity to take 70 students, teachers and parents to Mayflower to help with clean-up efforts.

The team witnessed the devastation up close and heard stories from the families who lived through the disaster. While they were removing rubble from one of the sites, the leader in charge of volunteers told the team it belonged to a 78-year-old woman who survived by going to the corner of the house. They met her later and learned she had been a secretary for the counseling department at PCSSD’s Oak Grove High School.