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Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School is vying to be a 21st Century Community Learning Center. Rockefeller Elementary has submitted a 21st Century Community Service Learning Center grant application.
Several Little Rock School District Schools are selected each year to apply for the grant. This year Rockefeller and Bale Elementary are applying for the grant.
As an A+ arts and enrichment school Rockefeller has a good chance of being awarded this opportunity. Programs awarded this grant will receive five years of funding. Funding can be as much as $150,000 for the first three years and then a decreased amount for the remaining two years.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant provides opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students meet State and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics. It offers students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention counseling programs, art, music and recreation programs, and technology and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students. It will also offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
The primary purpose of the Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during non-school hours. The program must provide students with intensive academic enrichment opportunities along with other activities designed to complement the students regular academic program. Community learning centers must also offer literacy and related educational services to families of the targeted students.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center award would be great education and outreach boon for families residing in the Pettaway community as well as the greater Little Rock community at large.
DLRCDC and UADC receive 2013 AIA Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design for Rock Street Pocket Neighborhood
The Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation and the University of Arkansas Design Center received a 2013 Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design from the American Institute of Architect for their Pocket Neighborhood or Rock Street Pocket Housing Design (in the Pettaway Park Neighborhood). Click here for more.
University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) in conjunction with the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation (DLRCDC) have completed a Pettaway Neighborhood Vision Plan. According to DLRCDC Website, “the UACDC submitted its preliminary study for the Pettaway Neighborhood for review and feedback. This initial study looks at what minimal investment can be made to achieve clear connections to Main Street and other anchors around the neighborhood.”
The UACDC/CDC will present their preliminary study to the Pettaway Community, 12:00 pm (Noon), Monday, April 16, 2012 at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st Street (at the corner of Commerce). Pettaway residents are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Scott Grummer, Executive Director, DLRCDC at 501.372.0148.
Click (here) To see the preliminary Pettaway Neighborhood vision plan.
Pettaway Neighborhood residents met at the monthly association meeting to discuss among other things the dilapidated and unkempt Job Corps Building.
“Enough is enough,” Planning Commissioner Keith Fountain and other residents of the Pettaway Neighborhood Association say: It’s time for the city to condemn the vacant and derelict Job Corps building at 21st and Vance and bulldoze it.
Fountain has witnessed thefts from the building with his own eyes. Windows have been knocked out and partially boarded up, and transients have lived in the building and set fires, Fountain said.
City Director Erma Hendrix raised the Job Corps issue at the Pettaway’s monthly meeting tonight at the 21st Alert Center, and several residents spoke in favor of tearing down the building. (One Central High school student, Arkiterea Harmon, suggested the building be rehabilitated for kids who have aged out of the foster care system, but, Hendrix told her, the asbestos and bad condition of the city would prevent that.) A refrain was that the eyesore, visible from Interstate 30 and 630, puts Little Rock in a bad light and expressed doubt that such a building would be allowed to stand in a more affluent neighborhood.
Pettaway residents will be circulating petitions to collect signatures from residents of Pettaway and neighboring communities such as Hanger Hill and Granite Mountain who are also dismayed by the long-standing condition of the Job Corps building. This community coalition will present the petition with collected signatures to the next City of Little Rock Board of Directors Meeting February 1, 2012.
Petitions will be available at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st. Street on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
For more information contact Carol Tabron, Pettaway Association President at firstname.lastname@example.org and Maggie Hawkins, East Broadway Alert Center Facilitator at email@example.com or call 501.376.3406.