New College Partner in Little Rock

We recently joined forces with Philander Smith College, who is celebrating 140 years of education this year, in an effort to carry out our mission to improve students' lives in Central Arkansas. Dr. Vernita Bowens, Director of Professional Development and Leadership at Philander has been such a joy to work with. She has worked hard to make sure that students are aware of the opportunity to serve in local elementary schools through AR Kids Read. Meet a couple of Philander tutors below.


Mariah Wilson (left), Philander Smith College Student. Dr. Vernita Bowens (right). Mariah studies elementary education and is tutoring at Carver Elementary. Mariah actually found more time in her schedule so she has dedicated time 2 days a week to tutor 4 elementary students this year.

Briana Heath, Philander Smith College Student, tutors 2 elementary students at Booker Arts Magnet Elementary.


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