June 3, 2009 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland

Amber Hampton, administrator of The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge, said that the shelter opened as planned on Monday afternoon. As of Tuesday afternoon, the shelter was providing temporary housing for four children. The shelter received its license from the state on Tuesday of last week.

The Children's Shelter started as a vision early in 2006 because of the growing number of displaced children. Judy Turnbull, local advocate for children, was a leading force in establishing a shelter.

To contact the shelter call 886-5191 or e-mail childrensshelter@yahoo.com.


Renee and I and several other parents had the opportunity recently to join Walnut Ridge School seventh graders and their teachers on a field trip to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock. The day also included lunch in the River Market area and ice skating and/or roller skating. We had visited the museum before, but this time a retired teacher guided our complete tour and provided lots of interesting information. The museum also features exhibits that change from time to time.

Another new museum that is just now opening in Little Rock is the Murphy Keller Education Center, located in the relatively new Heifer Village, which houses the world headquarters for Heifer International, which combats hunger through gifts of animals and plants.

Speaking of field trips, the Walnut Ridge eighth graders have taken interesting field trips that focus on local attractions. They visited the Wings of Honor Museum and the Powhatan Courthouse State Park, where they held a mock trial (See story and photo in this edition.) Previously, the class, led by Lloyd Clark, social studies and history teacher, visited the Lawrence County Courthouse. There, they visited with county officials, who explained their jobs. They also received a tour of the jail and visited the 911 communications center, where operators were monitoring a high-speed chase that was underway in the county. The courthouse trip, which Clark has conducted for many years, also includes sitting in on a session of court when possible.

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