Contributed by Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
Hope High School Art I students of Kendrick Adams toured the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council Depot for the recent Spot Daniel “Outsider Art” retrospective showing. Guided by SWAAC board members Tara Read and Betty Jo Hays, the students learned the significance of the Prescott native’s work in the “Outsider” school of primitive art. Drawing from recognized local and Arkansas figures, Daniel used multiple mediums to portray a semi-impressionist view of people and places.
Beryl Henry Elementary School students and faculty presented a program of music and poetry to celebrate Black History Month. ESL Paraprofessional Karen Flenory sang a stirring rendition of Rise Up, while student Alana Flenory recited the poem “Harriet Tubman Didn’t Take No Stuff,” and the BHE Choir, under the direction of Sandra Jones, sang in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Franchesca Hill gave a reading of “Did You Know?”, while Gigi Knight sang “Lift Every Voice.” Ms. Shelda Garland recited “Are You Humanity?”, and Migrant Paraprofessional Inell Thorton played and sang “Worth.” A surprise vocal performance by Tiangelia Harris of the old spiritual “Troubles of this World” ended the evening.
Keep That Smile
Staff from Smiles of Arkansas presented a Color Me dental health program about Happy Tooth to Clinton Primary School students. Officer Vanessa Rodgers arrests Sugar (Damaris Ugarte) and Bacteria (Yulonda Brown) after heroes Brush and Floss (Amy Barnett and Brittnee Bolden) rescue Happy Tooth (Jessica Oller) for little Amy (Amy Miller) Narrated by Dr. Courtney Murray, DDS, and stage managed by Lynne Harville, the short skit emphasized the importance of good dental practices and healthy eating.