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BNPD launches "My Safer City” initiative

BNPD launches "My Safer City” initiative

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - During the month of April, the Benton Police Department is going to try and raise awareness to the alcohol and drug related substance abuse in the community. 

The police's initiative "My Safer City" plans to give more information about substance abuse through classes that will target those most likely to be affected. 

The school resource officers will be teaching classes this month to students about the dangers of drinking and driving along with illicit drug usage. According to officials, some of the classes will be targeting high school students prior to upcoming events such as prom and graduation.  

In addition to the classes, the Benton Police Department is also holding Operation Medicine Cabinet XI on April 25. Officers will staff a drop-off location, Ferguson's Furniture off Military Road, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for people to drop off all of their old or unused medications. 

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Heart of Arkansas United Way will announce Friday, Feb. 27 that the Bryant Boys and Girls Club will receive a grant of $25,000.

This grant is meant to help the organization with healthy snacks for all of the students who attend their afterschool program for the 2015 calendar year. Currently, over 40 percent of the Bryant Boys and Girls Club's members are eligible for free or reduced lunches and the grant will help provide healthy after school snacks no matter what the financial issues are in the home. 

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

CAMDEN, Ark. (KTHV) - One man's goal of keeping children out of after-school trouble is growing and needing help. 

Eric Gunter is the administrator of the Mobile Inter-Action (M.I.A.) program. It is a large vehicle driven around Camden to pick up children after school and provide them with safe activities, counteracting the influence of drugs in the community. The M.I.A. supplies warm meals, homework assistance, social activities and educational fieldtrips.  

The M.I.A. gives the children tutoring and mentoring in hopes to shape them towards a rewarding future. 

ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (ASMSA) - Corey Alderdice, director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, joined school leaders and experts from across the country last week at a summit focusing on the disparity in academic performance between lower-income and higher-income students at advanced levels.

“Closing the Excellence Gap: Advocating for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students” was a two-day summit hosted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on Feb. 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The Cooke Foundation in a nonprofit organization that offers the largest scholarships in the country to high-performing students who have financial need.

Lakeside HS will conjoin with National Park for free education

Lakeside HS will conjoin with National Park for free education

HOTSPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A press conference will be held Friday, Jan. 23 by Lakeside School District Superintendent Shawn Cook who will announce a partnership between the school district and National Park Community College. 

Lakeside School District plans for the conjunction to offer a two year associate degree for their students at no cost to their family. 

The conference will be held at the Lakeside High School auditorium, Friday at noon. 

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
 
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Foodbank sponsoring after school feeding sites

Arkansas Foodbank sponsoring after school feeding sites


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 30, 2014) - After school snacks and dinners are underway all over the state for the new school year. This year the Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is sponsoring after school snacks for approximately 1,700 children at 16 after school centers in 9 counties. In addition to snacks, 2 centers will also serve dinner 3 nights a week.

All centers are a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's At Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Center Food Program. The program is designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children after school, many of whom may be not be able to eat again until breakfast at school the next day.

Nutritious snacks and/or dinners will be provided to all children without charge and the same meals will be served to all children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.