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Posted by BEN BEAUMONT - The Clinton School’s most famous student, Flat Stanley, along with Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe and Clinton School grad Dr. Gary Wheeler visited Crestwood Elementary School in North Little Rock today. Mrs. Beebe shared Flat Stanley’s story and read a book to 2nd grade students at the school, while Dr. Wheeler shared he and Flat’s experiences this past summer completing an International Public Service project in Belize.
Flat Stanley, Ginger Beebe, Gary Wheeler and 2nd grade students at Crestwood Elementary.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The Arkansas Foodbank Network and area letter carriers along with Governor Mike and Ginger Beebe hosted a press conference today at the Clinton School to get the word out about this Saturday’s National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
As worldwide food prices skyrocket, the Clinton School encourages all to participate in what is the nation’s largest single-day food drive by leaving a bag of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on his or her route.
The food that is collected will be delivered to local foodbanks, pantries and shelters at a time when there is a major need throughout the country. Click here for more information.
Governor and Mrs. Beebe visit with a local letter carrier.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – City & Town, the publication of the Arkansas Municipal League, features the Arkansas DeltaMade Marketplace at the Clinton School in this month’s issue. Jim vonTungeln of the Municipal League offers very positive commentary on the event that brought products and wares from all across the Arkansas Delta region to the Clinton School for show and sale. The event was a huge success thanks to the work of students Chance Williams, Julie West and Sarah Argue. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Someone had a good idea about the Arkansas Delta recently. They rounded up a large group of artists,producers and merchants from the region and brought them to the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock for a one-day exposition. The affair was a program of the Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative. The result was pretty spectacular.
The school’s ground floor was almost entirely dedicated to the show, and visitors were packed elbow to elbow. The participants both demonstrated and sold their goods. By the time I entered the checkout line, it was nearly 20 people deep. Even more amazing was that the show enjoyed limited advertising and had to compete with a massive Easter egg hunt at the same time and place.
Despite the crowd, we made our way in and were treated to a dazzling collection of treasures, all produced by our East Arkansas cousins. Products included sauces, honey, paintings, heirloom clothing, photographs, books, jewelry and woodcrafts. Just about every community in the Delta had a representative there presenting merchandise. It was quite a sight.
Click here for a PDF of the magazine. The story appears on page 34.
Posted by PATRICK KENNEDY – From the beginning of this seemingly never-ending election season, I’ve always believed that this presidential contest is not so much about the direction of change, as it is the capacity to change. Not so much about where we’re going, as long as we’re simply … going.
While the national media remains euphoric over the re-emergence of the “youth vote,” it has obscured what seems to be a widespread identity crisis amongst our nation’s youths.
I’m as excited about the future as the next young voter. And, hey, it’s great that young people are voting – even though we’re sometimes treated like a carnival show. But I’m concerned, as you should be, with how little scrutiny has been placed on the actual motives of today’s youth vote. The problem isn’t that we stand for change, as much as we stand for nothing but change. A change for what?
Similar to “neo-conservatives,” young voters often reject the reality-based world and construct their own reality. When asked to describe change, youths will casually toss out buzz words like ‘hope” or “unity,” and my favorite: “to live without fear.” But outside of a place called Utopia, I’m still unsure about where this change will lead us.
Liz Blomenberg, a graduate student George Washington University, recently told me that she believed the young voter demographic today represents a “transitional generation.” She equated it to Dissociative Identity Disorder, “a generation stuck between identities” or “ordered chaos.”
There is something real to this. Every time you try to label this so-called movement (or countermovement), nothing ever seems to fit. Is it anti-war; pro-peace? Or pro-green; anti –global warming? Issues seem to be nothing more than weightless causes for many youths. And unlike other modern youth movements – whether in Russia, Iran or elsewhere (who are ironically mobilized through their hatred of America) – there’s no unified focus for today’s youths.
This transitional identity can be exemplified by our lingering question of race. Today, Arkansas is still a segregated culture, with blacks and whites cordially ignoring each other. But globalization has forced us to cope with new identities, whether nationality, faith and cultural (and so on). Today’s youths are a palette of complex colors and hues, in direct opposition to the black-white mentality of the past. But yet we still carry the marks of our parents – whether conscious or subconscious – as evidenced by the continuing racial divide in Arkansas (and throughout America) today.
Indeed, our nation currently seems to be in a period of adolescence brought on by the winds of global change, which has simultaneously been met by the forceful, charismatic leader of Barack Obama. One student at the University of Arkansas described Obama to me as a “weatherman of change.” Adding, “He instinctively gauges the change before it takes place, and artfully gives people that message. Or to butcher the ubiquitous Mohandas Gandhi quote: See the change, before you be the change.
Obama’s personal challenges with his own search for identity are well-documented. And today, the black/white, multinational and multicultural candidate sits squarely at the identity crossroads; touching many of today’s youths who have faced their own identity clash in some way.
For this reason, the change we speak of really does represent the change of tomorrow. Young voters today are laying the brick for the next generation of voters who will likely present a more focused vision of change – or more appropriately, ACTION.
So, I think the more suitable label for this election, right now, is … transition. “A Transition We Can Believe In” … or a similar not-so-catchy slogan should do the trick. The candidate that can best lead this groundbreaking transition is open for debate.
But don’t listen to me. Why allow realism to disrupt your rooted sense of idealism?
But in your (and my) quest for change, I simply ask that we scrutinize our own motivations for doing so. As the proverb goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Dr. Wangari Maathai of Kenya, founder of the Green Belt Movement, presented the fourth installment of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series last night at the Clinton Center. Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her vision to create the movement, which empowers women and promotes environmentalism through the planting of trees. Dr. Maathai is also a member of Kenya’s parliment and a strong advocate of democracy and human rights. She gave an inspirational talk centered on the struggle for democracy in her homeland.
Dr. Wangari Maathai with some of the students from the Clinton School.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Erin Jones (pictured above with Dean Skip Rutherford) was the first Clinton School student to leave Little Rock as students are preparing for their summer International Public Service Projects on all six inhabited continents. Jones is headed to Calcutta, India to work with the Loreto Day School. Listed below are the students, their projects and their locations. The students will work on these until mid August when they return to begin their individual (Capstone) public service projects and complete their elective courses.
The Clinton School will welcome a new group of students (Class 4) in August. Orientation begins August 16.
The projects include:
Sarah Argue: South African Education and Environment Project – Cape Town, South Africa
Lukman Arsalan: Clinton Global Initiative – New York, N.Y.
Sharon Bailey: American University of Central Asia – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Carly Benkov: Educate The Children International – Kathmandu, Nepal
Molly Brunkow: Loreto Day School and Nabin School – Calcutta, India and Bhaktapur, Nepal
Lindsey Clark: Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative – Lilongwe, Malawi
Emily English: Hoa An Agricultural Research Station – Hoa An, Vietnam
Tim Giattina: University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business – Shanghai, China
Jose Guzzardi: McLarty Associates – Washington, D.C.
Amanda Harris: LGBTQ Advocacy and Awareness – Prague, Czech Republic
Sara Himelfarb: University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business – Shanghai, China
Sanford Johnson: South African Education and Environment Project – Cape Town, South Africa
Erin Jones: Loreto Day School – Calcutta, India
Geoffrey Kearney: L.I.F.E. Children’s Advocacy Program – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ryan Lewis: South African Education and Environment Project – Cape Town, South Africa
Marquita Little: Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy – Johannesburg, South Africa
J.D. Lowery: Clinton Climate Initiative – Melbourne, Australia
James Mitchell: USAID and Radio Instruction to Strengthen Education Project – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Jonathan Mwaba: Arkansas World Trade Center – Rogers, Arkansas
Hunter Riley: United Action for Children – Mamfe, Cameroon
Joe Schafer: Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Penelope Sur: Dassault Falcon Jet – Little Rock, Ark.
Russ Swearingen: Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Little Rock, Ark.
James Szenher: United Action for Children and Hope Rising – Mamfe, Cameroon
Jay Thompson: Loreto Day School – Calcutta, India
Tina Tian: Clinton Global Initiative – New York, N.Y.
Idonia Trotter: Belize Women’s Department – Dangriga, Belize
Loan Truong Vu: United Action for Children – Mamfe, Cameroon
Julie West: Rural Education and Development – Kathmandu, Nepal
Chance Williams: Voice of Manyu Radio – Mamfe, Cameroon
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Kahn spoke at the Clinton School today, predominantly addressing the United States’ record on human rights. Click here for a report from the Associated Press on her speech, which included a call for the next U.S. president to be more focused on human rights in the War on Terror. From the AP account:
“People around the world are looking to the U.S. on human rights issues,” Khan said afterward. “It is disappointing to see the U.S. focus on counterterrorism erode human rights.”
Khan, a citizen of Bangladesh who has led Amnesty International since 2001, criticized the prison at Guantanamo, the way the Bush administration approaches torture and the focus on war as the way to combat terrorism.
UPDATE: Arkansas News Bureau offers a report on the speech here.
Irene Kahn speaks at the Clinton School.
UACS student Lindsey Clark introduced Kahn.
Posted by ERIC WILSON – Ben Beaumont serves as our Director of Communications, but during his free time he serves as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA). This afternoon, BBBSCA celebrated its 40th year anniversary and recognized Ben as the 2007 Big Brother of the Year. BBBSCA offers an invaluable service to Arkansas’ youth, having served 814 kids in 2007 alone. The Clinton School congratulates Ben for this recognition.
To find out more about BBBSCA, click here.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Clinton School students J.D. Lowery, Russ Swearingen and Jonathan Mwaba traveled to Fayetteville today with Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe to attend a production of “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” with 1,000 area elementary students at the Walton Arts Center. The children were treated to a song-and-dance version of the Flat Stanley story — a 10-year-old boy who is flattened by a bulletin board and mails himself all over the world to experience great adventures. Mrs. Beebe greeted the crowd and the Clinton School students shared their own handmade Stanleys and stories of their coming travels around the world.
As reported below, the students have partnered with Mrs. Beebe to send Flat Stanleys they made all over the world as they travel this summer to their International Public Service Projects. They will keep Flat Stanley journals and take pictures with him in locations throughout the globe. When the students return, Mrs. Beebe will share Flat Stanley’s experiences with elementary children throughout Arkansas.
As seen today, the Walton Arts Center is doing terrific work to provide educational opportunities for young children. For many, the Flat Stanley production was the first musical they’d ever seen.
Students Jonathan Mwaba, Russ Swearingen, J.D. Lowrey and their Flat Stanleys with Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe.
The students and Mrs. Beebe speak to more than 1,000 elementary school children.
The First Lady and the Clinton School students met the cast following the performance.
Jonathan Mwaba and Flat Stanley.