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KIPP School

Bridge to Somewhere: Families in this Arkansas town are offered another option for their children’s education

August 15th, 2011

…After decades of a dwindling population and an ailing economy, Helena-West Helena, a Mississippi River town of around 15,000, has experienced a renewal. Perhaps no one is more responsible for this renaissance than Joe Black, the president of Southern Bancorp Capital Partners. His organization is a nonprofit subsidiary of Southern Bancorp, the country’s largest rural [...]

Knowledge is Power Program making Delta students aim higher

May 24th, 2010

KIPP Delta’s Inaugural class of 2010, the charter school’s first to fulfill the Knowledge is Power Program. Each graduate is college bound.

Graduation day in Helena

May 21st, 2010

Tonight at 7:00 on the campus of Phillips Community College in Helena-West Helena, the first class of seniors will graduate from what’s commonly known as the KIPP school.

If you closely examine how far these kids have come, you’ll realize just how remarkable this story is.

Gov. Mike Beebe will deliver the commencement address at what’s officially known as the KIPP Delta Collegiate High School. Mike Feinberg, one of the national founders of KIPP (which stands for Knowledge Is Power Program), will be there.

If there has been a more hopeful day than this one in the Arkansas Delta in recent years, I’m not sure what it is.

KIPP schools choose Blytheville

August 27th, 2009

The KIPP charter schools, which have proved a success story in Helena, have chosen Blytheville as the location for the next KIPP school in Arkansas.

Fire departments will share extra money from state

August 7th, 2009

Annual disaster drill to be Aug. 29

Extra state funding for fire protection will be shared by the fire departments in St. Francis County after a unanimous vote Wednesday by the mayors in the county.

The mayors also learned of a disaster drill planned for later this month.

Shane Dallas, Emergency Management Coordinator, discussed the extra money, made possible by Act 884, with the mayors. According to Dallas, the Act 884 funding is similar to the Act 833 funding which can be used for the purchase of firefighting equipment.

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