The Pettaway Community Oral History Interviews conducted by Rockefeller Elementary 4th and 5th graders is now a part of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies AV/AR online history database (see link below). Pettaway Community Oral Historians included: Melrita Russ-Bonner, Maggie Hawkins, P.H. Gilkey, Joan Adcock, Carol Tabron, Steve Bullock and Faye Russ.
Winthrop Rockefeller Early Childhood and Elementary Magnet School along with 11 other Arkansas Schools are Arkansas A+ schools.
Arkansas Times writer and managing editor, Leslie Peacock recently wrote, “Arkansas A+ puts art in academics: The Foundation’s teaching model puts kids in the mood to learn,” about A+ in Arkansas. The article was published, January 2, 2013. Here’s an excerpt:
In a sixth-grade math class in the Delta, students are making quilts. They’re cutting squares from colorful patterned paper and folding them to make triangles or rectangles. They’ve measured the squares to make sure they’re 3 inches on a side, because if they don’t make their squares right, the quilt will be off. They’re alternately laughing and concentrating, filling a larger square with their shapes to create their own designs. When they get a bit rowdy, Annette Butler claps her hands three times and the kids stop and clap back. Things settle down again.
A reporter asked a grinning young man after he finished his work what he’d gotten from the activity.
“I think I got a 100!”
Come discover the Pettaway community as Rockefeller Elementary 4th and 5th Graders interview Pettaway Community Historians (former and current residents) about growing up and living in this special Little Rock neighborhood. Pettaway Community Historians include: Carl Vault, Maggie Hawkins, Joan Adcock, Steve Bulloch, Faye Russ, Don Molden and Carol Tabron.
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association was among a number of community groups and organizations who received a $1000.00 Love Your Block City of Little Rock Neighborhood Challenge Grant. Pettaway N.A. was awarded the grant in June 2012 to create a community inspired mural depicting the love, light and life of the Pettaway Neighborhood on the wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th Street. The children at Rockefeller Elementary School under the tutelage of Sharon Boyd-Struthers will design the mural and their parents and the adults residing in the community will paint it.
The Pettaway Community Oral History Interviews mark the first step in the mural design process. The children must understand the community in which they attend school and where many reside in order to conceptualize a design that depicts the light, life and love of this neighborhood.
To learn more about the Pettaway N.A. peruse our blog. For questions about this event call Kwadjo Boaitey at 501.786.4255 or Principal Janice Wilson or Sharon Boyd-Struthers at 501.447.6200. Visit Rockefeller Elementary on Facebook here. For a flyer of this event click here.
This very special event is FREE and open to the general public.
LOVE YOUR BLOCK MURAL CONTEST
TO ENTER: Submit a mural design that depicts the history, love and light of the Pettaway community. Mural design must also incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces (4″x4″ or smaller) designed and painted by the students at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School as well as the children and youth who reside in the Pettaway community.
PRIZE: The winning muralist will have the opportunity to create and develop a public art piece on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass on East 17th and McAlmont Streets. The public art piece located only 30 yards from Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School campus will serve as a gateway to the community welcoming visitors and residents to the Pettaway neighborhood.
DEADLINE: Submit Love Your Block Mural Contest application and mural design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association no later than 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
Download the Love Your Block Mural Contest application online application (here). Mail or walk your application and design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association, 500 East 21st Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206.
For more information call Kwadjo Boaitey, Pettaway N.A. Secretary at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron, Pettaway N.A. President at 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins, 501.376.3406.
The Pettaway neighborhood received a $1000 award to create a community inspired mural depicting the history, love and light of the Pettaway neighborhood to be painted on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th and McAlmont Streets (in downtown Little Rock).
(For a flyer click here)
The mural will incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces designed by children enrolled at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School. Also designing ceramic tiles/pieces will be children 9ages 1 day to 18 years) residing in the Pettaway community. The mural will be completed November 30, 2012.
The Pettaway N.A. will hold a city wide contest to identify a muralist. Applications can be found on our blog or at the East Broadway Alert Center (500 East 21st Street). Deadline to submit application/mural design is September 4, 2012.
Children who reside in the Pettaway Community or who attend Rockefeller Elementary will have the opportunity to design a ceramic tile/piece that the identified muralist will incorporate in his/her mural design for the Pettaway Community. Children/Youth will be design their pieces during the month of September. Please check our blog for updates.
To learn more about this project and the Pettaway community come to the Annual Silver Senior Pettaway Community Festival, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Pettaway Park and/or call Kwadjo Boaitey at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins 501.376.3406.