The Arkansas Retired Teachers Association has selected the University of Central Arkansas College of Education/Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association student intern interview program as the Outstanding Youth Service Project in the state for 2011. Retired teacher groups from throughout Arkansas submitted projects for consideration. 

The winner was announced at the ARTA annual state convention in Little Rock.

Dr. Jamie Alea and Sue Farris worked closely with Doretta Bright, project chair, and Jay Fortner, president of FCRTA, to create the project and make it a success. UCA provided evaluation materials and location and organized the timing. FCRTA supplied experienced interviewers in teams of two, providing both oral and written feedback. 

More than 20 FCRTA members conducted mock interviews Feb. 1 and Oct. 20, interviewing approximately 100 student-teachers. 

"I was very impressed with the students and their enthusiasm for teaching," Fortner said. "It was nice to be able to volunteer and assist university students."

Additional awards presented to FCRTA were: Freda Prince, Individual Achievement; Jay Fortner, Unit Achievement; Ben Bakker, Polly Bakker, Carolyn Hartsfield, Judy McKnight and Sharon Rapp, Volunteer Recognition for serving 1,000 hours or more; Unit Volunteer Recognition for recording more than 15,000 hours of service in the community.