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Promise Neighborhood fights poverty together

Submitted by Liz Fox on March 9, 2012 – 3:02 pmNo Comment

Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood, an organization supporting widespread literacy, kid safety and effective parenting, has made a noteworthy presence in both the city of Little Rock and the UALR campus.

CLRPN is a collaborative effort of eight prominent partners, including the City of Little Rock, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UALR. The university has proven to be one of the organization’s most promising partners, housing the offices of the CLRPN and Executive Director Sen. Joyce Elliott. Many student organizations have helped make CLRPN’s mission a reality. Most recently, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society shared their love of scientific studies with students at Bale Elementary, who subsequently participated in a science fair in early February.

Because of their ambition, CLRPN was singled out as one of 21 recipients of a hefty planning grant provided by the United States Department of Education. Since then, they’ve made a valiant effort to end poverty and violence in Little Rock’s historic neighborhoods. Though current efforts are focused on local elementary and middle schools, upcoming ventures will be more community-based and take note of similar organizations around the country, such as The Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City — one of the most sought-after anti-poverty initiatives in the nation.

Future projects in the works include a Little Miss Promise program for fourth-grade girls, a family support program and continued programs at schools located between Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the UALR campus.

More information can be found at the CLRPN website littlerockpromise.org.

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