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UALR-CI’s Own Arlene Williams, Finalist in This Year’s Governor’s Award

Monday, June 17th, 2013


Since 1978, KARK-TV, the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Volunteerism, and the Office of the Governor have recognized individuals and companies that serve others in extraordinary ways. This year, one of UALR-Children International’s own, Arlene Williams, has been nominated and is a finalist to be honored for her volunteer work with the Community Service Award.

Arlene’s involvement with Children International began years before she became an AmeriCorps member in 2011. It was through a young man she was tutoring that she first learned about the program and fell in love. Upon deciding to become a full-time AmeriCorps member, she believes it was a twist of fate that allowed her to be granted the full-time position she currently holds.

Though she has no children of her own, Arlene has always worked with children in various capacities throughout her lifetime. “I always tell people when you volunteer; you have to have a passion for what you do. If you don’t have a passion for it, you won’t like it,” she says. “Make sure your heart is in it and that you’re doing it for the right reasons.” In November 2012 she was awarded the Dr. J. C. Babbs award. An annual award that honors an outstanding AmeriCorps member, past or present, who exemplifies the goals and ideals of AmerCorps. “Just to get nominated by the Governor’s Office was outstanding in my eyes,” she beamed. She just learned she was a finalist and couldn’t be happier.

The recipients will be announced June 14th, 2013 at the annual ceremony to be televised by KARK-TV and presented by Duncan Law Firm. The broadcast highlights each winner’s contributions to the community. Members of the KARK Team will participate by telling the stories of some of the winners. Governor and Mrs. Beebe will also present featured awards.

For more information, visit: http://arkansasmatters.com/projects-csas

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Summer Camp Keeps Students Busy and Beats the Heat

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – LITTLE ROCK

CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL

June 20, 2011

CONTACT: Ashten Adamson, 1-501-663-5541 or abadamson@ualr.edu

LITTLE ROCK – UALR Children International is hosting the “Mind Your Own Business” summer camp from June 15 – July 13, 2011 at Wakefield Elementary School.

150 elementary students, K-5th grade, from six Little Rock elementary schools – Bale, Franklin, Stephens, Wakefield, Watson and Wilson – will create and implement a business plan. Students will learn about the importance of entrepreneurship and how to create and manage a business.

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Share America Art Exhibit 3-22-04

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

What: Reception for UALR Share America Young Arkansas Art Exhibit artists and their families

Where: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2004

Where: Arkansas Arts Center

Children from UALR’s Share America program and their families will be honored at a reception on Sunday, March 28, 2004, at the Townsend Wolfe Gallery at the Arkansas Arts Center, where the children’s entries in the Young Arkansas Artist contest are on exhibit.

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Children International UALR, Partners Dedicate Dental Clinic

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 25, 2004) – Children International UALR dedicated its new Future Smiles Dental Health Clinic at Wakefield Elementary School today, working with UAMS, Little Rock School District, Children International, the United Way of Pulaski County, the Arkansas Department of Health, and other oral health partners to eventually provide dental care for about 2,000 children at six Little Rock schools.

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UALR Share America Helps Provide Anti-Cavity Sealants for Kids

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 10, 2004) – Hundreds of second- and third-graders at six Little Rock School District schools will have a chance to fight tooth decay this month thanks an ongoing UALR Share America dental health program, “Future Smiles.”

Throughout the month, members of dental health teams organized by UALR Share America will apply protective plastic sealants to the chewing surfaces and crevices of the teeth of participating children’s teeth. The plastic sealant will protect the teeth from bacteria, which accumulate on the chewing surfaces and crannies of children’s teeth causing cavities.

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UALR UNITY Student Initiative Teaches Children Cultural Awareness

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

by Billy Bird

Children involved in UALR’s Share America program are getting a head start on learning about important topics such as cultural diversity and ethnic tolerance thanks to the efforts of a group of UALR students. Students in Dr. Mary Eicholtz’s Professional Communications course have formed an organization called UNITY (United Networking Influencing Tolerance among Youth) as part of a service learning project for the class. The group recently hosted a workshop for Share America students that included films, role-playing, skits, and many other educational activities designed to teach children about discrimination and individual differences, stereotypes, cultural awareness, and community involvement.

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Share America kids help “Save the Antibiotic”

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

It sounds like a typical children’s play: a tow-headed boy, dressed as an antibiotic, takes center stage, only to be joined moments later by yellow- and green-clad Viruses who rush to attack him, leaving him powerless as the curtain closes. But in this case, the play is a public health campaign, and the actors are children involved in UALR’s Share America Program.

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UALR Share America’s Gospel Choir Performs at State Capitol

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

For more information contact:

Joan I. Duffy (501) 569-8600 Media Alert

What: UALR’s Share America Gospel Choir performs for the National Day of Pride and Prayer

When: Noon Saturday, Oct. 25

Where: State Capitol steps The gospel choir from UALR’s Share America Homework Center will perform on the steps of the State Capitol as part of the fifth annual National Day of Pride and Prayer sponsored by Arkansas CURE – Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants.

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School Dental Screenings Focus On The Importance of Regular Checkups

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Little Rock, Ark. (February 4, 2003) – With mouths wide open, students at Franklin Elementary School in Little Rock will be the first to take part in the 2003 “Future Smiles” program. Second and 3rd grade students who have received parental permission will be given a complete dental screening as well as the application of sealants.

Nearly 90 percent of cavities in school children occur in the surfaces of teeth with grooves and crevices. Sealants, a plastic coating, can easily be applied to the teeth to protect them from cavity causing bacteria.

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Children International is an affiliate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.