Arkansas Town Invests in Children to Save Itself

Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 06:40 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

SPARKMAN, Ark. (AP) — The tiny Arkansas town of Sparkman has been dying for decades. It's lost more than half of its population since 1950. It has virtually no jobs. And its lone school is on the brink of closing.

Now the community is trying to save itself by tapping into the economic-development potential of its most precious resource: its children.

Parents and teachers have launched a scholarship program that aims to draw new families to town to keep the school system alive, along with their once-thriving timber community 90 miles southwest of Little Rock.

Other districts have waged similar campaigns. But Sparkman's efforts and those of other Arkansas towns have taken the practice to a new level, with communities practically competing for each other's children and the state revenue that comes with them.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

High-Tech Surveillance System Blankets Boston For Marathon

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:18 PM

A high-tech surveillance system consisting of cameras connected to a network that uses a form of artificial intelligence . . .

Researcher: Total Parental Involvement Can Hinder Kids' Education

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:07 PM

Most parents believe the more they are involved in their children's education, the better they will do in school. Keith  . . .

Democratic Underdog for AR Gov. Race Charges Party Is 'Unfair'

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:01 PM

An underdog Democratic candidate for governor in Arkansas claims she's getting the shaft from her own party. Lynette Br . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved