Get the Facts about Heat Illness - '108° : Critical Response'
We all know it’s getting hot outside — just in time for sports camps, two-a-day practices and more. But do you know just how serious heat illness can be for young people in Arkansas? We’re consistently experiencing more 100˚ and higher days in the summer, and that makes serious injury — and even death — from exertional heat illness a threat. The good news? It’s completely preventable.
To make Arkansas parents, coaches, players and anyone else involved in activities in high temperature environments aware of heat illness’ seriousness and underlying causes, as well as how to treat and prevent exertional heat illness, AETN and ArkansasIDEAS have created an original documentary, “108˚: Critical Response.”
This film shares potentially life-saving information needed to prepare students for activity in the heat and to help viewers understand just how delay heat illness is and how quickly it can occur. Through personal testimony from families affected by exertional heat stroke and interviews with coaches, certified athletic trainers, kinesiologists and other medical professionals, the documentary also details the signs of heat hilliness, how to treat it and it can be prevented altogether.
Driving the message home are the featured stories of three young Arkansas victims of heat illness, only one of whom survived. Kendrick Fincher of Rogers and Tyler Davenport of Lamar died of heat stroke while practicing football in the summer months, while Will James of Little Rock received treatment and survived. Parents Rhonda Fincher, Mark and Tina Davenport and Patti James all appear in the documentary.
AETN produced “108˚: Critical Response” following the passage of Act 1214 of 2011, also known as Tyler’s Law. Sen. Keith Ingram, formerly a representative of West Memphis, and Rep. Mark Perry of Jacksonville sponsored the bill, and the Davenport family was instrumental in its passage. The act now requires coaches to complete training in heat illness. We hope you’ll join us for the film’s premiere as part of a special live two-hour event on Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m.
In addition to the film’s premiere, we’ll also hold an expert panel discussion with Brendon McDermott, Dean Webber, Doug Blevins and Perry Escalante. You can submit your questions which may be answered during the discussion at firstname.lastname@example.org. It could make an incredible impact on the life of someone you love!
“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.”
“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.”
Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!