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Pre-K Consortium

The Garland County Pre-K Consortium announced 120 additional prekindergarten slots for local families July 7 at The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. The Cutter Morning Star, Fountain Lake, Hot Springs, Jessieville, Lakeside and Mountain Pine school districts worked with the Dawson Education Services Cooperative in Arkadelphia to write a consortium application to the Department of Human Services' Arkansas Better Chance early childhood program. Members of the consortium, from left, include state Rep. Laurie Rushing, R-District 26; Les Warren, co-chair; state Rep. John Vines, D-District 25; Nancy Anderson, Cutter Morning Star superintendent; Mike Hernandez, Hot Springs superintendent; Shawn Cook, Lakeside superintendent; Darin Beckwith, Dawson director; and state Rep. Bruce Cozart, R-District 24. Interested families can call Tanika Flannigan at 870-246-3077 or email her at tanikaf@dawsonesc.com.

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Literacy Academy

Hot Springs School Board member Ann Hill recently read to students during the district's K-4 Literacy Academy. Each guest read and shared a book with their young audience as part of the Garland County and Arkansas campaigns for grade level reading.

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NPTC students attend HOSA conference

Eight National Park Technology Center Health Science Technology Education students attended the 39th annual Health Occupation Students of America International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., June 22-26.

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UA workshop

Fountain Lake Elementary School teachers, from left, LeeAnn Garrett, Jill Davis, Amanda Craver, Katie Curry, Catherine Holland, Pam Harshfield and Angela McAtee recently attended an eight-day workshop focusing on science and engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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Constitutional Cobras

Fountain Lake's Cobra Band marched in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Fountain Lake was the only band from Arkansas to perform in the parade along Constitution Avenue.

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School donation

The Knights of Columbus in Hot Springs, Council 6419, and Hot Springs Village, Council 10208, held their annual golf tournament June 11 at Lake Balboa Golf Course.

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FFA pillars Buck, Fletcher retire

Troy Buck is joined by another giant in Arkansas Future Farmers of America and agriculture education in retirement this year with a combined 108 years in agricultural education.

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Child Care Aware goes Vroom

National Park College's Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas was selected as one of 10 sites in the United States to be a part of Child Care Aware of America's Vroom initiative.

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