Connect to My Altheimer recently conducted another STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) session for area students.


The program was primarily held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and in the Dollarway School District, according to a news release from the sponsor, Kansas City Teen Summit (KCTS.)


Founded by Altheimer native Brenette Wilder, KCTS conducted the Connect to My Altheimer in the summer.


“We are especially thankful this year for another Connect to My Altheimer summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and work program,” Wilder said.


“Each summer, students take non-credited STEM classes, support a reading program and clean up overgrown properties in Altheimer led by Mr. Phillip Coleman. Unfortunately, this year our reading program was postponed due to an unanticipated facility modification project. However, after a distress call for help, the community came together to show resilience and flexibility. In southern tradition, community families were able to create new work opportunities for teens conducting school and college readiness or support,” she said.


Officials offering support included Charles Colen at UAPB; his assistant, Veronica Ware; Principal Leondra Williams and her administrative assistants, Naquisha Terrell and April Williams at James Matthews Elementary, who helped coordinate work schedules and responsibilities at their sites.


“Individuals like Principal Yolanda Prim from Dollarway High School, Mrs. Candice Jones (Family Engagement Coordinator), and Mrs. Marla Barnes Jones (Career Coach) were the first to emerge after the call and transmitted instructions forward into action,” according to the news release.


Supporters and/or sponsors also included The Chicken House in Wabbaseka, Pop’s Barber Shop, Dollarway High School summer program and Virginia Humphrey-Gulley, the Ben J. Altheimer Foundation, in-kind donors, Sunflower Health Plan, KCTS and alumni.


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