2013 World Changers In Action Here in the Pettaway Community

2013 World Changers In Action Here in the Pettaway Community 

We were  fortunate to have the World Changers group working within our community assisting some of our elderly residents who needed their homes repaired.

Some of our elderly residents received brand-new roofs; homes repainted and new siding.  We have been truly blessed by this group that has made tremendous changes in the housing situation and lives of our elderly within our village.

Humbly Submitted,

Maggie Hawkins, Community Facilitator

East Broadway/ E 21 Street Alert Center

500 East 21 Street

Here are some World Changers in action pictures…

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21st Street Alert Center News: Accomplishments and Celebration

 Accomplishments and Celebration for residents in East Broadway Alert Center Boundaries

East Broadway Alert Center

East Broadway Alert Center


2013 Cereal Drive

I would like to thank each person who donated toward the Cereal Drive.  We had residents from the Pettaway neighborhood association as well as the Dunbar Class of 1948, Horace Class of 1967, Pettaway Silver Senior group, the Road to Success organization and Out of the Attic History Gallery who so graciously donated toward this endeavor.

I was happy to transport 85 boxes of cereal to City Hall for the Cereal Drive which in turn was given to Arkansas Food Bank for hungry Arkansans during the summer months.  Again, “thank you” for your continued support toward assisting me in whatever project I ask you to participate in.

2013 World Changers Press Conference  

To all residents within the Pettaway Park neighborhood, we are again fortunate to have the World Changer group that will be working within our community assisting some of our elderly residents who need their homes painted.

The Press Conference will be held at 2020 Rock Street at the home of Mrs. Pearlie Hill on tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.  Not only will her home be painted but they have already removed the old roof and she now has a beautiful brand new roof that she is so very proud to have.   Mrs. Hattie Higgs, a 92 year young resident who lives on Commerce Street as well as Mrs. Gladys’s Toms, an 84 year young   resident who lives on Bragg Street will also have their homes scrapped, caulked, rotten boards removed if needed and painted through the City program with the World Changer group.


We are truly blessed to have a group that will again make some tremendous changes in the housing situation and lives of our elderly within our village.

There is one more drive that I am participating in and I will again need your assistance in order to be successful.

Humbly Submitted,

Maggie Hawkins, Community Facilitator

East Broadway/ E 21 Street Alert Center

500 East 21 Street







Good News For Elderly Residents Within The Pettaway Area



Little Rock
World Changers

July 8-13-2013



The World Changers group will hold a Press Conference on July 9th at 10:00 a.m., at Mrs. Pearlie Hill residence which is 2020 Rock Street.   Some of our other elderly residents whose name I submitted for housing assistance are the following Mrs. Hattie Higgs, who lives at 2302 Commerce and Mrs. Tom Gladys whose address is 1516 Bragg Street.  If you have time in your schedule please attend this event and help us show appreciation to the World Changers with our attendance.

These houses will be power washed, scrapped down, boards replaced and painted at no cost to the owner.  Mrs. Hill will have her roof totally replaced and she is truly excited about her blessing because she has been waiting for a while.  It is a blessing when one learns how to just be patient and God will work everything out if it is within his will.

We are also thankful to have volunteers such as the World Changers which consist of volunteers who are teenagers and adults who are blessing our community with their talents, love and compassion toward mankind.


Humbly Submitted for Review,


Maggie Hawkins, Community Facilitator

East 21 Street Alert Center

500 East 21 Street


21st Street Alert Center needs your cereal (Cereal Drive for Arkansas Food Bank)



Good morning to Pettaway Neighborhood Association Residents

The City of Little Rock is sponsoring a Summer Cereal Drive for the summer. This cereal will be donated to the Arkansas Food Bank for children, elderly and those who are truly in need of food  during the summer months in order to ensure that they will have breakfast.   There are cereal boxes that have been placed in alert centers, fire stations, and City Hall Rotunda.

The acceptable items are as follows:

  • Dry Cereal- boxes or bags at least 8 ounces
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • Oatmeal
  • Cream of Wheat

I am asking each  residents within the Pettaway area to bring at least two boxes of the above items to 21 Street Alert Center.  Your participation in this drive is greatly appreciated and I thank you so very much for your continued assistance in whatever endeavor that I request of you.  The deadline for the Cereal drive is Thursday, June 27th.   If you would like for me to pick the cereal up from your home, please call me on my cell which is 584-7761.

Thank you for your continued support,

Maggie Hawkins, Alert Center Community Facilitator

500 East 21 Streets

Little Rock, Arkansas

Office No:  376-3406

Cell No:      584-7761

Pettaway Community Oral History now available online at Butler Center history database

mastlogo2The 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.

The Pettaway community oral history interviews is a wonderful exchange of community history that exemplifies the light, life and love of the Pettaway community.  Enjoy and share this link widely.

Keep Little Rock Beautiful Kick Off at Pettaway Park, Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8:00am


Pettaway Park

Pettaway Park



We are looking forward to the March 9th clean-up which is being sponsored by the Keep Little Rock Beautiful Committee and if it was not for your willingness to assist with this endeavor as you did in previous years this event would not be possible. We are also asking all volunteers, civic groups and church groups to meet us in front of Pettaway Park on Saturday, March 9th in order to have the annual Kick off site in our area at 8:00 a.m.. Mayor Stodola will make the presentation in order for the event to start.

This year we are going to concentrate on Pettaway Park in cleaning it along with some of our other problematic spots.  If you know of an issue that we should address during the clean-up please let me know.  Since we have a shortage of rakes and other tools we would appreciate it if you could bring a rake or a shovel if you have one. 

Here is the plan that was discussed for improving the appearance of the park during the upcoming March 9th City Wide Cleanup


1.  Rake and bag all of the leaves and debris along the perimeter fence.  Parks & Recreation will bring 6 leaf rakes.


2.  Cut the vegetation and overgrowth along the perimeter fence and around the trees that are in need of this.  Parks & Recreation will bring 4-limb loppers.


3.  Rake the debris from the rocks that surround the playground equipment.  Parks & Recreation will bring 2-garden rakes.


4.  Limb up around a select number of trees that have low-hanging limbs that interfere with people walking about the park.  Parks & Recreation will bring 1-manual pole pruner.


5.  If time permits or a number of people bring their own leaf rakes, rake and bag as much of the park grounds as possible.


A  box of KP 3858 Heavy-Duty black plastic bags be brought by Parks & Recreation to use for the leaves and debris.

Neighborhood Connections Meeting January 26, 2013

Neighborhood Connections Meeting


January 26, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 West 12th Street

(Corner of Pine and West 12th Street) 


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.               Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.               Call To Order – Rick Daes, President

Pledge of Allegiance

Acknowledgement of Elected Officials

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.               City Wide Clean Up

Suzanne Hirrel, KLR Beautiful

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.               Neighborhood Leadership Training/Announcement

Dr. David Sink

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.               Love Your Block Update

Andre’ Bernard

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.             NUSA Update/fundraiser

Andre’ Bernard/Victor Turner

10:00.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Meadowbrook NA – HindmanPark Community Service presentation

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           Neighborhood Issues and Concerns

10:30 a.m.                               Adjourn



Rockefeller 4th and 5th graders interview Pettaway oral historians

On December 6, 2012 Winthrop Rockefeller Early Childhood and Elementary Magnet School 4th and 5th Graders met and interviewed present (and former) Pettaway community residents.  The oral history interviews were recorded by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and is the first phase in a public art collaboration between the Pettaway Neighborhood and Rockefeller Elementary.  The students at Rockefeller Elementary will be designing a community inspired mural that will depict the love, light and life of the Pettaway community.  The mural will be painted on the wall of the I-30 overpass at the corner of East 17th and McAlmont Streets.

The Pettaway community oral historians included: Joan Adcock, Melrita Russ-Bonner, Steve Bullock, P.H. Gilkey, Maggie Hawkins, Faye Russ and Carol Tabron.

Through this wonderful sharing the students gained a better sense of community, their community.  They learned that the children who lived in the community in the 1920’s, 30’s 40’s, etc. were know different than they were.  They were told about the ghost of MacArthur Park, local businesses like AJ’s Snack Shop and Hawkins Dry Cleaners.  They learned that Horace Mann High School (now Junior High School) was the school African Americans were able to attend.  They learned that a house on East 21st Street was the oldest house in the Pettaway Community.  The oral historians talked about the tornado that came through the area in the late 1990’s and how neighbors and the surrounding communities banded together to help those in need.  They also shared that many of their children and grandchildren attended Rockefeller Elementary.  In fact we learned that a couple of them were substitute teachers at Rockefeller.

It was a very special experience, one which the students and teachers will remember.

In January 2013 the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies will partner with the Pettaway Neighborhood Association to host a special oral history week at the Butler Center.  During this week current and former residents are invited to come to the Butler Center to record their stories.  Individuals will need to bring someone to interview and will have the opportunity to have their interviews recorded in the Butler Center recording studio.  These interviews will then be saved in the Butler Center Arkansas history archives.   Stay tuned for this event in the early part of 2013 and bring someone to interview.








My Community: Pettaway Community Oral History Interviews

Pettaway Neighborhood Association
in partnership with
Winthrop Rockefeller Early Childhood and Elementary Magnet School
MY COMMUNITY: Pettaway Community Oral History Interviews

Thursday, December 6, 2012 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Rockefeller Elementary School (700 East 17th Street, Little Rock, AR 72206)

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.


Arkansas Democrat Gazette spotlights Pettaway

Modular Home

Downtown rebound
Modern houses are springing up in declining or damaged LR neighborhoods
By Linda Caillouet

LITTLE ROCK — When a tornado tore through downtown Little Rock in January 1999, it destroyed dozens of houses in neighborhoods already showing the scars of urban decay.

One of the hardest hit areas was the neighborhood east of South Main between the Governor’s Mansion Historic District and the MacArthur Park Historic District.

After the debris was cleaned up and dangerous structures razed, what was left was a study in extremes – with beautifully renovated grand old homes surviving near the damaged shells of abandoned houses. And then there were the vacant lots – no block seemed to have escaped the effects of the twin terrors of urban decay and Mother Nature.

Today, however, a quick tour of the area shows that things seem to be improving. Scattered throughout are new houses – some designed to blend in with the remaining historic houses, others standing out with contemporary designs and materials.

Pettaway Neighborhood Container Home

The change is due to the efforts of numerous entities and individuals. This includes private builders who recognized the value of empty and inexpensive lots in the heart of the city, the nonprofit Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp., which worked with the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to design and construct three houses, and, most of all, perhaps, new homeowners who were willing to buy into the future of this urban enclave.

“This neighborhood being so close to downtown is one of the reasons we’re experiencing such a strong interest in rebuilding efforts here,” says Scott Grummer, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp.

Cantilever Home

On a recent morning, Daniel Peurifoy of Maumelle and Jason Clem of Little Rock were atop bright yellow scaffolding, tools in hand, applying strips of siding to a house being assembled at East 19th and Cumberland streets in the Pettaway Park neighborhood. Now graduates, the pair were pitching in to help finish a project they worked on as UA architecture students. Students had designed the structure, which was mainly built in pieces in a Fayetteville warehouse.

To read the rest of this article click here.