Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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R.I.S.E. Spotlight

The R.I.S.E. Spotlight campaign focuses on the second goal of R.I.S.E. Arkansas: To create community collaboration. Literacy is not only for those in education but for all Arkansans. Business and community partnerships are critical to changing the landscape of literacy for everyone. Each month the R.I.S.E. Spotlight will shine on a community partner who is committed to helping every student obtain the reading skills necessary to achieve success in school, thereby giving them the opportunity to have a richer life. 

A partner organization will be highlighted on this page with information about their goals, mission, and projects. Watch for weekly social media posts for more information and ways to make connections with their work. Through this campaign, we hope to create a network of organizations working together to improve literacy in Arkansas.

March 2019 R.I.S.E. Spotlight: Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

March is School Breakfast Month in Arkansas! This year’s theme is Books & Breakfast = Success. We're celebrating the importance of school breakfast in keeping children healthy, focused and ready to learn. The School Breakfast Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plays a crucial role in making sure children get the food they need to focus and excel in the classroom. Students who skip the first meal of the day have slower memory recall, make more errors and are more likely to be absent or tardy.

Arkansas has made strides in its school breakfast program, moving from 10th to 7th in the nation for increasing participation. Throughout March, the Arkansas Hunger Alliance is challenging schools to invite community leaders to eat with the students so they can see the benefits of the breakfast program first-hand.

Please see the March is School Breakfast Month Flyer to find out about the exciting activities planned and learn how schools could receive recognition and rewards.

February 2019 R.I.S.E. Spotlight: AR Kids Read

 

During the 2018-2019 school year, AR Kids Read has been coordinating more than 400 tutors who volunteer one hour per week to read with students at 49 schools in Pulaski County. Tutors work with two students for 30 minutes each with a focus on improving skills in vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Tutoring begins in October and lasts through mid-March, which gives the tutors time to develop relationships with the students and help foster a love of reading.

AR Kids Read tutors also encourage students to enter a writing contest to share their love of reading. This semester, students enter by submitting a fictional story based on the prompt “A tale of friendship found, tested and treasured” from the back cover of The Monster Next Door. Entries need to be submitted by Feb. 8. For details, visit http://arkidsread.org/taleoffriendship/.

To learn more about AR Kids Read, visit https://arkidsread.org.
 
 
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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Bailey, K-12 Literacy Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-682-4377
Email: lisa.bailey@arkansas.gov
 
 
Suzanne K. Jones, Special Advisor for Learning Services
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #10
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-5266
Fax: 501-683-4802
Email: suzanne.jones@arkansas.gov
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