A new AETN digital first series every Thursday celebrating Arkansas schools and teachers. "Cool Schools" and "Heart of a Teacher" can be found online on Facebook and YouTube. Each week a new group of students, teachers and parents will be our subject, highlighting small and large schools alike, fostering school and community pride throughout the state.
Cool Schools: Deca's House of Grounds, Harrison High School From crafting beverages to running the register, students at Harrison High School staff and run Deca's House of Grounds. Find out how this unique program provides skills that often translate into after-school jobs and builds responsibility.
Cool Schools: Newport High School - Hungry Hound Cafe From cooking and service experience to ServSafe certification, Newport High School (Arkansas) offers students real-world experience that helps their job prospects in high school and beyond. See how the Hungry Hound Cafe - a licensed restaurant and one of the state's only Food Production Programs to offer a full dining service - serves the Newport, Arkansas, community.
Cool Schools: Walnut Ridge High School Fire Academy Across the United States, communities are experiencing a deficit of fire service volunteers and professionals. See how - in an effort to correct that issue, encourage public service and provide career training - Walnut Ridge High School has created its own Fire Academy Program.
Heart of a Teacher: Chaunda Mannis, DeWitt High School Just a little "extra" - whether it's encouragement, practice or curriculum tailored to various learning styles - goes a long way when students are transitioning to high school and the next stages of their lives. See how DeWitt High School's Chaunda Mannis makes sure they get that boost.
Cool Schools: Apple Seeds, Inc. In the garden, on the teaching farm or in the classroom, Fayetteville's Apple Seeds, Inc. is committed to creating moments that can change students' views on food and eating. Learn more about how local schools partner with this non-profit, garden-based education program.
Cool Schools: Cabot Archery In the latest installment of "CoolSchools," Cabot Public School Districtis highlighted for their competitive archery program. This team sport engagesstudents of all ages and interests and has helped with academic motivation.
Heart of a Teacher: Kim Hall, Nemo Vista Schools What inspires someone to dedicate their lives to teaching? Kim Hall — who has been a fixture at Nemo Vista Schools in Center Ridge, Arkansas, for 28 years — shares what inspires her and what she hopes for her students.
Cool Schools: Self-defense at Horatio Public Schools In the Horatio Lions School District, students are learning to develop discipline, self-regulate and establish practical skills that will serve them their entire lives. But, these lessons aren’t taking place in a traditional classroom setting.
"Cool Schools" 2019 Silver Telly Winner for Social Video Series-Education & Discovery
"Heart of a Teacher" 2019 Silver Telly Winner for Social Video Series-Education & Discovery
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