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Newsletter March 2016

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Arkansas Reading Association     March 2016

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ARA Award Applications Due Soon

Jo Flanigan Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded by the Arkansas Reading Association to further graduate study in reading or related areas and is awarded upon proof of completion of the course work. Applicants must be a member of local/ARA and IRA for one year prior to deadline.  Deadline: March 1

Administrator in Reading

Is awarded to a building or district level administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting reading. Email or send forms to Kaila Murphy, 107 Aspen Cove, Arkadelphia, AR 71923.  The deadline is March 1.


Proposals Sought

Proposals are currently being accepted for the ARA Literacy Conference held November 17-18, 2016 at the Statehouse Convention Center and Marriott Hotel.   Click here to submit your online proposal.


Board Winter Retreat

The ARA Board met Saturday February 6th on the campus of Harding University for the annual winter retreat. Board members discussed such issues as changes in the Policy and Procedures manual, nominations, future meeting dates, and issues related to the Literacy Conference.    

Budget meetings and the new board transition meeting will round out the finals business meetings of the ARA Board for the year.     

Pictured are ARA President Melisa Rutherford (l) and Event Coordinator Julie Reardon (r).            


Student Film Prize

AHPP announces the Arkansas Historic Film Prize for high school students, sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council, and in partnership with Arkansas Educational Television Network’s Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase. The competition honors documentaries made by high school students about any historic site in the state. Films must be between five and fifteen minutes long, and must be about a historic site (building, archeological site, or other site with historic significance) that is at least fifty years old or older. Sites do not have to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, although they may be.

Winners will be shown during a screening at Ron Robinson Theater in May 2016 and will be considered for inclusion in the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October of 2016.        
ARA Officer Elections

Members of the ARA Delegates' Assembly will soon receive their ballots to vote for this year's ARA elected offices - treasurer and parliamentarian.  Newly adopted amendments to the constitution have made the office of president and vice-president two year positions, thereby eliminating the need for elections for some positions to be held every year.

Local councils are reminded that their elections should be held this spring.  New officers must be members at the ILA, ARA, and local levels. Names will be due to Krista Underwood by May 15 for the Diamond Award deadline. 

Council Leadership Institute (CLI) will be held for local council officers on July 15-16 in Searcy.


Council News

The North Central Arkansas Reading Council held its annual Young Author's Night on February 8th. Talented writers from our local schools read their original writings on the theme "Reading: The App for Life." Their teachers and families celebrated with them enjoying cake and punch. 


Hold the date and spread the word!   





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