Area schools to receive shade trees

Parkview Elementary School, 619 Parkview St. in Van Buren, and Acorn Elementary School, 143 Polk Road 96 in Mena, were among 11 schools in the state selected to receive new shade trees, according to a news release from the Arkansas Agriculture Department's Forestry Commission.

Each school will receive five shade trees to be planted on their playgrounds as part of the Shade Trees On Playgrounds or S.T.O.P., program. The goal is to limit exposure to direct sunlight and reduce the risks of skin cancer, according to the release.

Winning schools will receive program training, five shade trees, mulch, watering supplies and planting guidelines.

Visit Agriculture.Arkansas.gov or contact Krista Quinn at (479) 228-7929 or Krista.Quinn@Agriculture.Arkansas.gov for information.

Educational mobile unit to visit NWA

The K12 Public School at Home Tour, a traveling, interactive exhibit, will make stops at several locations in Bentonville and Springdale between Thursday and Aug. 11. The visits are part of a cross-country mission to demonstrate the benefits of online education for students and parents.

Visit ARVA.K12.com or K12.com for information.

T-shirt design contest now open

The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Arkansas Grown Program is hosting a design contest for new Arkansas Grown program t-shirts through Sept. 1. Designs should creatively capture Arkansas’s agricultural diversity, including row crops, specialty crops and animal agriculture. Contest submissions may be entered from Arkansans of all ages.

Digital artwork, drawings and paintings are acceptable, but all art must be scanned and submitted as a PNG. The Arkansas Grown logo and the words "Arkansas Agriculture Department" must be incorporated into the design. Use of the Arkansas Made logo is encouraged.

Submit entries by Sept. 1 to Brooke Clanton at Brooke.Clanton@Agriculture.Arkansas.gov. Visit Agriculture.Arkansas.gov for information.

 

Names of note

Patricia Conard, PH.D., R.N. and a nursing consultant and adjunct faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, was recently award the Journal of Holistic Nursing writing award for practice by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Conard won for an article submitted with three other health-care professionals. The article, "Older Military Veteran Care: Many Still Believe They Are Forgotten," was printed in the June 2017 issue of the journal.

 

Anna Bragg of Fort Smith was recently named to the dean's list and Matthew Shultz of Fort Smith was named to the president's list for the Spring 2018 semester by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

 

James Burwell and Trevor Shankle, both of Poteau, recently graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.

 

Emilee Morrison of Rudy recently graduated from Simmons College in Boston.

 

John Crawford of Fort Smith was recently named to the dean's list for the Spring 2018 semester by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

 

Scholarships

A newly established endowment created by Kerry and Deborah Bowers of Henderson, Nev., has made a Cherokee Nation Foundation scholarship available. The endowment will support one scholarship each year to a junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, nursing, engineering or mathematics. The funds are payable to the college or university of the student’s choice. Applicants must be citizens of the Cherokee Nation.

Visit CherokeeNationFoundation.org for information.

 

Sabah Ismail and Hannah Krehbiel, both of Fort Smith, were recently named Donaghey Scholars by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Each will receive a financial package that includes full tuition and fees (up to 18 hours per semester), a stipend, financial assistance to study abroad, a housing subsidy and a new laptop.

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