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Parent Engagement is one of four targets of the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The following list of 68 ideas is a wonderful guide and even a great starting point for having discussions about parent engagement and then moving on to action!
Click on the link below for Rural Community Alliance’s October e-newsletter with reports on rural entrepreneurs including a young fashion designer, a natural soap company, and an upscale candle company. Also included is an article about Leslie’s Mountain Man Rendezvous.
Following is the longer version of a rural entrepreneur success story published in the October E-Newsletter.
A shorter version of this story appears in RCA’s October newsletter found in the archives section of the website.
Musical talent converges on the Pike County community of Delight each September. Much of the talent is home grown but the event also attracts bands from near and far. Watch this video for a small sampling of the event, including vocalist Steve Campbell. Photos below are from Saturday afternoon of the festival.
________ Nine communities participated in the second annual regional yard sale event sponsored by RCA’s Ozark Byways on September 21. The Buy Days event generated traffic and shoppers to Alpena, Diamond City, Lead Hill, St. Joe, Valley Springs, Western Grove, Mt. Judea, Fox, and Norfork with estimated sales totaling $20,000 for the event. At Alpena as many as 1,000 visitors stopped and shopped, listened to music under the pavilion, or toured the car show.
Mt. Judea’s event had more than 25 groups set up on the school grounds and traffic was lined up for 1.5 miles at starting time. St. Joe hosted several yard sales at the restored Train Depot where people seemed to enjoy “one-stop” shopping. Other sites from Pindall to Gilbert also hosted sales.
Diamond City and Lead Hill enticed many of their campers from the lake to come shop as well as Harrison area residents and had a great turnout.
Valley Springs turned their park into a Yard Sale venue and had at least 400 shoppers stop in while others set up on Highway 65 through Western Grove.
Fox hosted 12 yard sale sites that brought $3,200 into this remote mountain community.
Leslie is one of the featured towns on Arkansas Historic Preservation’s Walk Through History . The walking tour will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, and will begin at the Ozark Heritage Arts & Cultural Center. Plan a trip to Leslie, located on Highway 65 between Conway and Branson, to see what this unique town has done to preserve its culture and historic buildings. For more information on the Leslie tour and other featured sites, visit Walk Through History.
Mt. Judea (pronounced Judy) is in Newton County in north central Arkansas. For more about the town and school, visit their website at http://www.mtjudea.org/.
The Mt. Judea Summer Learning Camp sponsored by the Mt. Judea Area Alliance ran July 1 through July 3. Instructors for the camp were Bertie Wells, reading and writing; Jill Wilborn, math; Imagene Freeman, music; and Quinnell Land, art. Sharon Pierce was the coordinator. The camp averaged 15 students each day from kindergarten through the 9th grade. The title of this year’s camp was Courage in Adversity. Ms. Wells read, showed videos, and discussed Civil War situations and how it affected the slaves. One story she read was about the true tale of Henry Box Brown mailing himself to freedom. Many escaped slaves moved in with Native Americans. The music and art classes incorporated Native American dances with Native American musical instruments. Math class rounded out the camp by using patterns and quilt blocks to teach the students about the Underground Railroad and how quilts were used to help escaping slaves. Each day ended with a free spirited dance and each person telling what they had learned that day. Photos and narrative submitted by Sharon Pierce.