Two Phillips County organizations received Delta Arkansas-wide recognition at the ninth annual Crossroads Coalition dinner held Dec. 3 in Wynne. Nearly 300 regional leaders were on hand for the special occasion.
Will Staley and Terrance Clark of Thrive in Helena received the Pat Audirsch Community Advancement Award and KIPP Delta Public Schools is the 2013 recipient of the ADTEC Education Innovation Award.

Two Phillips County organizations received Delta Arkansas-wide recognition at the ninth annual Crossroads Coalition dinner held Dec. 3 in Wynne. Nearly 300 regional leaders were on hand for the special occasion. Will Staley and Terrance Clark of Thrive in Helena received the Pat Audirsch Community Advancement Award and KIPP Delta Public Schools is the 2013 recipient of the ADTEC Education Innovation Award. The Community Advancement Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has had an extraordinary impact on their community in the area of community development. Staley and Clark opened Thrive, a non-profit marketing firm, with the purpose of creating opportunities to empower people living in rural poverty. During the past five years, Thrive's efforts has created programs and community-wide initiatives designed to create jobs and improve the quality of life in Phillips County. The Education Innovation Award is given to an educational/training entity that develops innovative approaches to training and education in the Crossroads region. It also provides a positive impact on those they educate/train and/or the communities they service. KIPP Delta first opened its doors in Helena back in 2002. Since that time, the free, public open-enrollment college preparatory schools' goal has been to “graduate students with strength of character and academic abilities needed to succeed in life. KIPP Delta has measured its success in graduation rates and retention of students and staff, college graduation rates and parental satisfaction. The school stresses results and continuously seeks to improve those results. Recognizing the need for success beyond graduation, KIPP has a team dedicated to help prepare students for college starting in the eighth grade. Award winners were chosen based on community involvement, economic development and strength of character.