Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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R.I.S.E. Spotlight

The R.I.S.E. Spotlight campaign focuses on the second goal of R.I.S.E. Arkansas: To create community collaboration. Literacy is not only for those in education but for all Arkansans. Business and community partnerships are critical to changing the landscape of literacy for everyone. Each month the R.I.S.E. Spotlight will shine on a community partner who is committed to helping every student obtain the reading skills necessary to achieve success in school, thereby giving them the opportunity to have a richer life. 

A partner organization will be highlighted on this page with information about their goals, mission, and projects. Watch for weekly social media posts for more information and ways to make connections with their work. Through this campaign, we hope to create a network of organizations working together to improve literacy in Arkansas.

January 2020 Spotlight: Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School Jr. Beta Club

Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School Jr. Beta Club students created “Betas, Books and Babies” as their community project. They collected books for infants and toddlers from Jr. Beta members and Oaklawn Magnet students/staff to be distributed at no charge to families with newborn babies. Inside each book was a customized bookmark created by the club that stresses the importance of reading to children at every age, for all families. This effort goes hand-in-hand with the commitment of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs to enroll each newborn with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which launches an entire reading journey for children by providing them one book per month until they are five years old. 

Beta Club is a national organization for students organized to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Oaklawn Junior Beta Club is made up of 57 fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students. They are sponsored by Gail Bean and Cheryll Long.

R.I.S.E. Spotlight Archive

To view organizations that were recognized in 2019, visit the 2019 R.I.S.E. Spotlight Archive.


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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Bailey, K-12 Literacy Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-682-4377
Suzanne K. Jones, Special Advisor for Learning Services
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #10
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-5266
Fax: 501-683-4802
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