May 10, 2018
-Michael Poore, LRSD Superintendent and Booker Arts Magnet students, Naomi Mkaneawire (5th grade), and Beck Hudelson (4th grade) | Arkansas reads one book is a district-wide initiative. Little Rock School District is highlighting reading and tying it to financial literacy. One Book One District is the slogan. All students are enjoying the same book, “C.E.O. Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire” by Sundee T. Frazier. The book focused on fifth-grader Cleopatra Frazier who is full of business ideas that range from the sale of homegrown avocados to tooth-extracting franchise. Along the way, she and the readers learn important lessons about saving and budgeting, entrepreneurship, business management and business ethics. Celebrity readers have lent their voices to this powerful movement supporting reading, and their videos are posted on the LRSD website. Support for the Arkansas Reads One Book initiative has been provided by ARVEST Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, The Clinton Foundation, First Security Bank, and the Rotary Club of Little Rock (Club 99). For more information, visit www.lrsd.org or Twitter #lrsd1district1book or like ’em on Facebook.
-Christopher Smith, Program Coordinator for Special Programs & Special Assistant to the President of Philander Smith College | The Philander Smith College S.T.A.R.T Program is a six-week academic enrichment and leadership development program. S.T.A.R.T. stands for Student Tuition Assistance and Readiness Tracks/Pathways Program. It allows students to enroll in at least 9 credit hours of coursework and get a strong start on their college career, and also reside on campus. The intense and exciting experience offers students the opportunity to prepare for the academic, personal and social challenges that they may encounter while in college. To apply and learn more, visit the Philander Smith College of Admissions at 900 Daisy Bates Drive in Little Rock or call 1-800-446-6772 or apply online at www.philander.edu/start.
-Carla Daniels, President/CEO of Arkansas Employment Career Center | Everybody deserves a second chance. Young adults 18-30, re-entry individuals, disabled or unemployed veterans, the homeless, and anyone seeking to improve the quality of life, their education and training can receive assistance from the Arkansas Employment Career Center. The mission of this non-profit 501(c)3 organization is to provide opportunities to strengthen individuals, families, and the community, prepare individuals for opportunities of higher education, vocational employment, apprenticeship, and entrepreneurship opportunities. They offer resume building, interview techniques, expungement, conflict resolution, and more. To learn more and receive assistance, visit Arkansas Employment Career Center at 300 South Spring Street Suite 508 in Little Rock or call 501-615-8922 or visit www.arecareercenter.com.