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Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Clinton School staff member Eric Wilson is attending the launch of the ServiceNation campaign in New York City tomorrow and Friday. With a forum featuring presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama discussing their ideas for national service, the event is being held on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to call all Americans to public service. Eric will be posting on the Clinton School Blog about his experiences. CLICK HERE for more information on the event.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, spoke yesteray at the Clinton School about the role of historic preservation in sustainable development. As seen in the photo below, Moe took time to visit with Clinton School students beforehand. CLICK HERE to watch a video of Moe’s speech.
Moe leads the National Trust in its mission to save the nation’s diverse historic places and create more livable communities for all Americans. One of America’s leading organizations dedicated to historic preservation, the National Trust has approximately 270,000 members, publishes the award-winning Preservation magazine, and has six regional offices and 26 historic sites from coast to coast.
Moe visited with Clinton School students prior to his speech.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Three Clinton School students, Emily Fischer, Joanna Klak and Todd Moore today were introduced to the Newport, Ark., community where they will be helping to plan a Delta Visual Arts Center this year. The project is part of the school’s Practicum program which requires the students to complete “in-the-field” public service projects. The mission of this project is to help establish a center that will work as a regional arts engine to draw people into the community, and provide a key component in the downtown revitalization effort of Newport. CLICK HERE for a press release about today’s event.
Students Todd Moore, Emily Fischer and Joanna Klak were introduced to the Newport community.
Dean Skip Rutherford described the project at the press conference.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – KARK Channel 4 in Little Rock picked up our press release this morning about the projects the new Clinton School students will be completing throughout the state this year. They’ll be in Newport, West Memphis, Marvell, Helena-West Helena, and Little Rock among other areas throughout the state completing their Practicum public service projects. CLICK HERE for more.
Posted by ERIC WILSON – The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception tonight to welcome the new class of 2010. It served as a great opportunity for Clinton School students to meet members of Little Rock’s business community. The Chamber’s president and CEO Jay Chesshir along with the chairman of the board Elizabeth Small were on hand to greet the students.
We cannot speak highly enough about the importance of the partnership between the Clinton School and the Chamber. They are a great resource, and we very much appreciate their generosity tonight.
Ali Turro ’10 and Jay Chesshir
Elizabeth Small and Faisal Umar ’10
Posted by student CHAD WILLIAMSON – What’s better than watching NFL football on Sunday? Watching the SOBs (Students of Bill) playing kickball of course. The Class 4 students left everything on the field today, defeating the Acme Roadrunners, 19-4. Every player had at least one hit, including three homeruns. Although they were without center fielder, Nique Hall (injured in week 2 but will return next week), the defense held its own and everyone pitched in for another victory at Interstate Park. The team will play again next week at 12:00 on Field 1 against BeerUtopia. As members of the league, the SOBs are also responsible for bringing backpacks stuffed with school items for needy Little Rock children to next week’s game. This will be one of the many charitable opportunities throughout the season. If you would like to donate, please call Chad Williamson @ (813) 293-8969. Come out next week and support the SOBs.
The SOBs were cheered on by Clinton School volunteer Bob Gee.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Here’s last night’s video from Channel 11:
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The Clinton School Speaker Series took on a controversial issue yesterday when Jim Gilchrist, president of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project spoke. Calling the practice of hiring illegal immigrants a “21st Century slave trade,” Gilchrist called into question the benefit of illegal immigration to the U.S. economy. He also touched on providing government services to illegals and securing the U.S./Mexican border. Click here for coverage from the Arkansas News Bureau. We’ll post a video when it’s ready at www.clintonschoolspeakers.com.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Clinton School student Beatrice Biira will be featured on Channel 11 news tonight in Little Rock. Biira’s life offers a compelling story of overcoming extreme poverty to receive an education. At the age of 9, Beatrice remained uneducated, living in poverty in a small Ugandan village. But she was able to achieve her lifelong dream of attending school because of hard work and a goat named Mugisa or “Luck.” Through Heifer International’s renowned program, Beatrice’s family sold enough milk to pay for school, eventually receiving a college scholarship. After graduating from Connecticut College in May, she decided to continue her education at the Clinton School. Tune in to Channel 11 at 6pm tonight for more of Beatrice’s story. CLICK HERE for a preview.