Arkansas Children

Cultural Event
4:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Toad Suck Daze Opens This Weekend; Proceeds Go Toward College Scholarships And Pre-K Program

Credit toadsuck.org

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.

Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.

Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.

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Proper Disposal Of Medications
4:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Properly Disposing Drugs Will Protect Kids, Environment, And Potential Abusers

Credit deadiversion.usdoj.gov

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a 2007 study found that Arkansas rank the highest in the number of teen abuse of prescription pain relievers.

In its effort to protect children, potential abusers, and environment, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with over 300 agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the state Department of Health, the Sheriff's Associations, the Governor’s Office, and the Board of Pharmacy, to provide locations for public to bring unneeded and expired medications.

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Clinton Library Remembers Dr. King Letter
2:21 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Clinton Library Celebrates 50 Years Since Dr. King’s ‘Birmingham Jail’ Letter

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" after being arrested and booked on April 12, 1963.
Credit Birmingham Police Department

To honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” over 200 6th graders from Horace Mann Magnet Middle School in Little Rock participated in special programs at the Clinton Presidential Library. 

King’s letter challenged white church leaders in Birmingham and people across the nation to confront and end racism. Kathleen Pate, the library’s education specialist, says students learned more about the history surrounding the letter and analyzed the meaning behind King’s words. 

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Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Central Arkansas Children's Library Opens Saturday

The Children’s Library and Learning Center opens Saturday, March 16, with a celebration open to the public. 

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Children's Health Care
5:51 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas Children's Hospital To Accept Aetna Patients

Arkansas Children's Hospital says patients with Aetna health insurance will soon receive in-network care at the hospital and its clinics.

The hospital says it's finalized a contract with Aetna Health Insurance Company so those covered by the insurer can receive in-network rates beginning Friday.

Beth Petlak, the executive director of Children's Healthcare System Physician Hospital Organization, says the arrangement will allow the hospital to reach more families throughout the region. Aetna has more than 60,000 members in Arkansas.

Local & Regional News
12:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Video: Little Rock Central High's Memory Project Brings History To Life

Thelma Mothershed-Wair, one of the Little Rock Nine, and her niece, Amaree Austin

Students at Little Rock’s Central High are embracing the school’s rich history and making it their own. What started out as a freshman civics assignment is now the Memory Project, an ongoing oral history compilation about social and human rights issues.

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Children Read
2:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Read Across America Day And Dr. Seuss' Birthday In Central Arkansas

Credit CALS.org

In honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, some special events are being held in central Arkansas this weekend.

Starting Friday until next Wednesday, there will be free educational events for kids.

The National Education Association and Delta Dental of Arkansas are part of this celebration to reach children.

Greg Johnson with the NEA says children must be encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and read for 20 minutes, which totals 24 minutes focused on developing good oral and reading skills.

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New Adventure Park
1:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Ozark Mountain Ziplines To Start Off Your Spring Season

Photo shows a section of children's course, with founder and zipline consultant Robert Nickell (front) and several staff, note the launch platform in the distance.
Credit Photo: Jacqueline Froelich

A new outdoor adventure park will open in North West Arkansas, just west of Eureka Springs.

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Kindergarten Teacher Is Named Teacher Of The Year
12:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Alexia Weimer Newly Named Arkansas' Teacher Of The Year

Alexia Weimer (in the middle)
Credit Photo: Kezia Nanda

Arkansas’ 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year was honored on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there. You can listen to her report above.

Alexia (Ali) Weimer was chosen by the state’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.

She teaches kindergarten at the Avondale Elementary School in the East Arkansas town of Marion. 

Kim Wilson won 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year and serves on the committee.

She says Weimer deserves the honor.

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