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List of shows scheduled for Donald W. Reynolds Planetarium

List of shows scheduled for Donald W. Reynolds Planetarium

September 11th, 18th, 25th              
“Saturn – Jewel of the Heavens”

The Cassini space craft has lifted the veil on this once mysterious giant of our solar system. Data has been collected, not only on the giant itself, but also on the many moons orbiting Saturn and the countless particles encircling the planet known to all as the rings of Saturn. This data will be studied for years to come. (36 min) 

October 9th and 23rd                         
“IBEX – Search for the Edge of the Solar System”

Prep Academy receives $490,552 grant renewal

Prep Academy receives $490,552 grant renewal

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (HSU) – The Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy (SWACPA) has received a $490,552 grant to fund the Prep Academy for 2014-2015. This is the fourth year that the College and Career Readiness Planning (CCRP) grant has been awarded to the academy.

The academy is designed to prepare high school students for college.  It targets eighth-grade students who want to attend college but score below the benchmarks required for unconditional admission to college. The scores are determined by the EXPLORE pre-ACT test.

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

U.S. News ranks top 10 Arkansas high schools

U.S. News ranks top 10 Arkansas high schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

Read the full methodology.

Here are the top ten high schools in Arkansas based on U.S. News rankings:

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

ARKADELPHIA , Ark. (HSU) – Henderson State University today announced it has leased the Landmark Building in downtown Hot Springs where it will offer upper level courses towards degrees in business and education. The building at 201 Market St. will house several traditional classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab, and office space for the director and faculty.

“We have been working towards this for many years, but were unable to make it happen until we got the state appropriation in support of this initiative,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson.

The development extends the partnership with National Park Community College, and brings Henderson’s presence to downtown Hot Springs.

“The ability to lease a building and hire a director has turned our efforts from just a ‘hope and dream’ to a reality,” Sommer said. “This is a very exciting time for both Henderson and the Hot Springs community.

$450 raised for Mountain Pine Elementary School

$450 raised for Mountain Pine Elementary School

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (MPE)  – Tim Parker Chrysler helped raise $450 in funding for Mountain Pine Elementary School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids® program. The fundraising event was held on Thursday, February 27th in conjunction with the school Parents Meeting.

“Drive for the Kids is a mutually beneficial program. We are pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a terrific, world class product,” said Shannon Carr, Manager of the Southwest Business Center for Chrysler Group LLC. “Parents are genuinely interested in testing our 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with all of the advanced safety, technology, and economy features, and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school. Drive for the Kids allows us the opportunity to work together for the kids and everyone has a great time!”