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One Last Story…

One Last Story…

On my last day at AR Kids Read, I want to take a moment to reflect on my last two years here. What I will remember most about working at AR Kids Read are the lives I got to be a part of. It was such a fun journey and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to tell AR...

Tales from the Tutors: Dionne

Tales from the Tutors: Dionne

As an elementary student in the Little Rock School District, Dionne Jackson’s favorite place in the classroom was always the reading corner. She loved looking through the books and picking out what she wanted to read. Her second favorite place on campus was the school...

Tales from the Tutors: Lisa Ferris is BEE-ing the Difference

Tales from the Tutors: Lisa Ferris is BEE-ing the Difference

“Reading is Fun!” is written in brightly colored letters in the center of the gameboard, which is made up of a path of different colored blocks along the edges of a Styrofoam square. Each block color matches up to a color coded stack of cards for the students to...

Tales from the Tutors: The Student Becomes the Tutor

Tales from the Tutors: The Student Becomes the Tutor

As she practiced reading a sentence, Tierra Isbell’s first-grade student struggled reading the word "pot." Tierra had her write the word along each edge of a whiteboard until the student was not only able to recognize it in the sentence, but she could also spell it...

Tales from the Tutors: She’s LIGHT-ing the way

Tales from the Tutors: She’s LIGHT-ing the way

As the student reads the words from “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” AR Kids Read Tutor Stacy Light follows along and points out how the words are all squiggly lines. “What do you think that means?” Light asks. “Do you think that means her voice is good?” The students...

“Give Where We Live” – Keller Williams

“Give Where We Live” – Keller Williams

The employees at Keller Williams know that it’s part of their jobs to be visible in the community. Every year, they have a “Red Day” where they go out as a group to serve in the community at places like Our House, Youth Home or the Arkansas Food Bank. One way that...

Tales from the Tutors: Reading with Dr. Duke

Tales from the Tutors: Reading with Dr. Duke

When you begin to build a relationship with a student, there are often barriers that you have to break through. That takes time, consistency, and compassion. As time goes on, and as trust is established, those walls start coming down and they open up more and more...

Stronger Together: First Financial Bank partners with AR Kids Read

Stronger Together: First Financial Bank partners with AR Kids Read

Inspired by the AR Kids Read’s “You Can Make the Difference” video, Logan Hebda decided that he not only wanted to tutor, but he also wanted to share the AR Kids Read mission with his employer, First Financial Bank. The mission also resonated with FFB Market President...

Love from the Harts

Love from the Harts

As they were reading a book about sharks, Ed Hart and his student came across a sentence describing how a shark’s skin feels like sandpaper. When the student didn’t recognize what sandpaper was or how it felt, Ed came up with a way to help him understand. He brought...

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