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August 8, 2016
LITTLE ROCK — When school begins next week, Arkansas motorists will begin sharing the roadways with approximately 5,500 school buses. These buses transport about 250,000 students each school day to and from school and school-related activities. Because of this increase in traffic, safety in and around school buses becomes a priority for all motorists.
To encourage school bus safety, the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation and Arkansas PTA are partnering to launch the Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. school bus safety campaign. The three-week campaign, in its fourth year, is from August 8 to August 26; however, school bus safety is important year-round.
Motorists are reminded that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, as students are present. Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law, increased the fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus.
“School bus safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said ADE Deputy Commissioner Dr. Mark Gotcher. “As a former school bus driver, I witnessed numerous instances where motorists illegally passed a stopped school bus, which only stops for a few moments. Let’s all do our part to ensure the safety of all Arkansas students.”
School bus safety resources, including bus safety videos, a copy of Isaac’s Law, safety tips for parents, and a flier and sample media notice for school districts to use, are available on the Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. webpage at http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/communications/flashing%20red.%20kids%20ahead.
Remember: Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.
Ashdown School District is collaborating with K-12 Culinary Connection for the 2016 –2017 school year. Our goal for this year is to give the students restaurant quality food and healthier options on a daily basis. During August, the cafeteria employees will be learning new recipes and cooking techniques. By the second week in September, we will launch the new program and increase the amount of choices for all schools.
K-12, led by Chef Justin Mills said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Ashdown School District to provide entrees to students on a daily basis that are more culturally diverse. There will be Mexican and Asian cuisine provided as well as some of the school favorites you know and love! We are bringing over 1000 new recipes to your school district to sample and enjoy. Some of those new recipes include made from scratch pizza, orange chicken and fried rice, homemade meatloaf and chicken enchiladas.
Superintendant Jason Sanders said, “ We are excited to have Justin Mills and his company working with our current food service staff. This is a unique opportunity for our district to improve an already great service that our ladies provide each day to our staff and students."
The 2016-2017 AHS Panther Eyes Yearbooks are on sale now for $35.00 until October 31. The price will increase to $40.00 November 1 and to $50.00 January 1.
Purchase online at http://www.yearbookforever.com with credit or debit card or at AHS see Melissa Kilgore to purchase with cash or check.
These are the days your teen will want to remember forever. Help make the year unforgettable by purchasing a 2016-2017 Panther Eyes yearbook.
KDQN will host a Pre-Season Pep Rally Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Little River County Courthouse for all Panther Sports for the upcoming school year. Little River Chamber of Commerce will provide Free Hot Dogs at 5:30 p.m. The Pep Rally will begin at 6:00 p.m. KDQN will broadcast live from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will conduct live interviews with coaches and players. The public is invited to come out and participate in this event.
Ashdown Panthers Tajhnick Bishop (gold) and Montaric Brown (purple) go against each other during last week's Purple-Gold Scrimmage at Dick Hays Stadium. Bishop has committed to play collegiate football at Louisiana-Monroe while Brown has committed to play at Arkansas. (Photo and article courtesy of Quinton Bagley, Little River News)
There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Ashdown Panthers football team and the upcoming season and there should be. Senior Montaric Brown and Tajhnick Bishop have both verbally committed to play NCAA Division I football – Brown at Arkansas and Bishop at Louisiana-Monroe. The talent doesn't stop there. The Panthers' backfield is full of talent with juniors Jaden Hill at quarterback and running back Tre Green getting calls and letters from schools across the country and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
With all the hype and attention that the Panthers are getting, whatever success they have this season starts in fall camp. Ashdown has been practicing hard since Aug. 1, and head coach Matt Richardson is pleased with the way the Panthers are practicing.