Marguerite Vann plans walk about


Students and parents are invited to attend a brief grade level orientation and meet their new teachers from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday. Orientation sessions will begin in classrooms at 4, 4:30 and 5 p.m. Parent Teacher Organization officers will be available to help parents enlist in volunteer opportunities for the year. 

Cafeteria staff will be available to receive breakfast and lunch money.  


Florence Mattison to host meet, greet


Florence Mattison Elementary School will host a meet and greet for parents and students from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Parents will be able to meet their child’s teacher and as well as tour the school building. 

School personnel will be available to register new students before the first day of school on Wednesday.


Science mini grants now available


Middle school science teachers (grades 5-8) in Faulkner County can go to beginning Aug. 15 to apply for grants through Arkansas Community Foundation’s Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) program. Deadline for applications is Sept. 15. 

The SIMS program encourages hands-on science instruction by making grants for the purchase of materials for science experiments. Proposed projects must meet the State Science Curriculum Framework, and the cost of project materials must not exceed $500. Up to 300 SIMS grants will be selected from the proposals submitted in counties served by one of Arkansas Community Foundation’s (ARCF) 27 local offices, including ARCF/Faulkner County. 

This year, ARCF will introduce a streamlined online application process through a partnership with, Inc., an organization that helps public school teachers find funding for classroom projects. Applicants simply complete an online profile at, write a description of the project for which they are requesting materials and select the materials they need. A local committee from ARCF/Faulkner County will review proposals from teachers in our area. will ship all requested materials directly to the teachers whose proposals are selected. 

"These mini-grants help middle school science teachers make learning real for their students," said Julie LaRue, Community Director for ARCF/Faulkner County.  "The teachers are able to provide materials for hands-on science experiments that otherwise might have had to come out of their own pockets, or might not have been available at all. We awarded almost 30 mini-grants in Faulkner County last year."

Annual funding for this program is made possible by an endowed gift to ARCF from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. For more information about the SIMS program, visit 

Arkansas Community Foundation’s Faulkner County office was founded in 2001, and has established 39 permanent endowments benefitting the Faulkner County community. For more information about the SIMS grants or about ARCF/Faulkner County, contact Julie LaRue at


Padgett receives scholarship


Austin Padgett of Conway has received a University Scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton beginning in the fall 2009 semester.

Padgett is a 2009 honors graduate of Greenbrier High School, and he plans to pursue a Certificate of Proficiency in Nursing Assisting at UACCM. Upon meeting the degree requirements at UACCM, he plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas to earn a bachelor’s degree. Padgett is the son of Scotty Padgett and Connie Myers. 

University scholarships are awarded based on ACT or other college entrance exam scores. The scholarship is awarded as a full tuition and fee waiver and is renewable if the student maintains a 3.00 grade point average on at least 12 credit hours.