JLA - Junior Leadership Academy

JLA - Junior Leadership Academy

Fort Smith Junior Leadership Academy

Operating as usual

Northside High School Grizzlies

The JLA class of 2020 is cheering you on, Kate!! 🎾 We are so proud of you!

Kate Files is headed to the finals!!! Good Luck, KATE!!!
Take State!!!

[10/07/20]   Shout out to Geno's Pizza for proving your delicious pizza for our JLA students today! #yum #thankyou #awesomepizza

We are having a great day learning about Manufacturing and Information Technology today! Our session is sponsored by Multi-Craft Contractors and we are hearing all about their apprenticeship and education programs.

Big thanks to ABB for presenting this morning virtually!

Please go out today and support one of our JLA graduates and her new business!! We are proud of you Jordan Geoates!!

Tomorrow is the big day!! I would love to see everyone come by!! 10-4 door prizes every hour with drinks and snacks from @amazinggrazeftsmith and @noveltynutritionfs Stop on by shop and eat lunch at @ajsoysterhouse

Past JLA'ers, check this out! (not just 2020 grads!) Deadline to apply is tomorrow/Thursday Sept. 10.

Class of 2020: Fort Smith’s Chamber of Commerce is holding their signing day in October, meaning that there are companies looking to hire 2020 graduates. If you are interested, there is more information in the attached photo


We are kicking off our session today at The Bakery District with Fort Smith Coffee Co. and Bookish: an indie shop for folks who read. Learning from innovators and entrepreneurs!

Thank you OG&E for sponsoring the Class of 2021 and OK Foods, Inc. for sponsoring this session!!

Congratulations to the JLA Class of 2021! We safely gathered last week to celebrate and conduct our Opening Retreat, social-distance style! The students were introduced to their new teammates and are geared up for the year ahead. Another big thank you to OG&E for sponsoring the Class of 2021, plus our Program, Session, and Student sponsors -- thank you for believing in the mission of JLA! Students, we are ready for a great year! #futureleaders #maskedup

Shout out to Tina Tran, 2020 graduate of JLA, on this outstanding scholarship!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Northside High School Student and JROTC Cadet Tina Tran has received a $10,000 scholarship from the National Veteran Business Development Council's annual scholarship program. In addition to the scholarship, Cadet Tran will receive a new laptop. Cadet Tran is the only awardee for the state of Arkansas.

Cadet Tran is a member of the National Honor Society, the Junior Leadership Academy Class of 2020, and is entering her third year with the Northside JROTC program as a Company Commander and Commander of the State Championship Rifle Team. She is also entering her third year as a member of the Northside Band, Northside’s Mentor Leadership Program, FBLA, and HOSA. Cadet Tran plans to attend the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing after graduation.

Please join us in congratulating Cadet Tran on this fantastic achievement! #FSPSProud

Northside High School Grizzlies

Read more: https://bit.ly/3fv63aH

JLA - Junior Leadership Academy's cover photo

We have 21 of our 36 JLA students sponsored -- we need 15 more Student Sponsors to have all 36 JLA students covered for the upcoming year!
Thank you to those who have already signed up to Sponsor A Student(s):
Action Mechanical
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Armstrong Bank
Landmark CPAs
Linsey E. & Co. Realtors
Mid-South Steam Boiler & Engineering
Umarex USA, Inc.
Water Tech, Inc.
Shoot us a message if you are interested!

Peak Innovation Center

This event is this evening! We invite you to attend a virtual open house featuring information about the new Peak Innovation Center Virtual School for grades K-9 on Tuesday, July 21 at 5:30 PM.

To watch the Open House, view the Peak Innovation Center YouTube Channel: bit.ly/peakyoutube. The video will be available to watch on the Peak YouTube Channel at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, July 21. The video will remain available on the channel for parents/guardians to view at their convenience.

Direct link: https://youtu.be/66RqnHcYr4s

There will be a live chat option in the video where you can ask questions as you are viewing the video. We will not be able to answer every question asked via live chat, but we will be monitoring the live chat as questions are asked. You must be signed into a Google account to use the live chat feature. If you have a question about the Virtual School not addressed in the YouTube video on July 21, please email [email protected].

Peak Virtual School Information on the FSPS Website: bit.ly/PeakVirtualSchool

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/280104073299247/

Heads up, JLA Class of 2021! Check your mailbox this week (both on your porch and on your phone) for some important info!

Happy Independence Day! 💥🇺🇸

Peak Innovation Center

Welcome to the Peak Innovation Center page. We are excited to share updates and messages of support for the Peak Innovation Center on this page in partnership with Fort Smith Public Schools, the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. #PeakInnovationCenterAR


FSPS Offers Flexible Options for 9-12 Grade Students through School of Innovation at SouthSide High School

fortsmithschools.org In this ever-changing educational landscape, FSPS is excited to announce flexible options for all district students. Three virtual and blended options are available for ALL district incoming 9th-12th grade students through the School of Innovation at Southside High School.

Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Fort Smith Area Honors Graduates & Arkansas Scholars! Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and sponsors ArcBest Armstrong Bank University of Arkansas - Fort Smith First National Bank of Fort Smith Carman, Inc. Rheem Manufacturing BancorpSouth and Westark Plumbing & Expert Drain Cleaning Services for making this recognition possible in Southwest Times Record paper on Sunday. https://swtimes-ar.newsmemory.com/?_ga=2.110085965.918016763.1592232035-904337996.1583954066

Fort Smith Public Schools

2020 Summer Meals Program Begins Today

Good nutrition throughout the year is important for growing and learning! Fort Smith Public Schools’ 2020 Summer Meals Program will begin today, Monday, June 1, 2020, through Friday, July 31, 2020, at the traditional eleven elementary schools listed below on weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (except July 3). Summer meals will also be provided at Sutton Elementary School on weekdays during the same timeframe; however, meals will end at Sutton Elementary at the end of June. The USDA funded Summer Meals Program provides area children with an opportunity for regular and healthy meals during the summer months. Meals will be grab-and-go style.

▶️What: FSPS 2020 Summer Meals Program
▶️When: Beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020
▶️Time: Weekdays from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
▶️Where: see locations below

Summer Meal Service Locations
🔹Ballman Elementary: 2601 South Q Street
🔹Barling Elementary: 1400 D Street in Barling
🔹Beard Elementary: 1600 Cavanaugh Road
🔹Carnall Elementary: 2524 South Tulsa Street
🔹Fairview Elementary: 2400 South Dallas Street
🔹Howard Elementary: 1301 North 8th Street
🔹Morrison Elementary: 3415 Newlon Road
🔹Pike Elementary: 4111 Park Avenue
🔹Spradling Elementary: 4949 Spradling Avenue
Sunnymede Elementary: 4201 North O Street
🔹*Sutton Elementary School: 5001 Kelley Highway (Sutton will serve meals through the end of June)
🔹Tilles Elementary: 815 North 16th Street

More Information
▪️Meals are free and available to all children ages 1-18.
▪️Children or parents may pick up meals.
▪️Children may go to any location to receive meals.
▪️Child Nutrition Staff will serve meals at the building front entrance.
▪️Adults can purchase meals for $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch.

Nearest Locations:
▪️Bonneville: go to Ballman or Fairview
▪️Cavanaugh and Cook: go to Beard
▪️Euper Lane and Woods: go to Pike
▪️Orr: go to Carnall
▪️Trusty: go to Morrison or Spradling

4th of July Notice
Meals will not be served on Friday, July 3 in observance of the 4th of July holiday on Saturday, July 4.

Questions? Contact Program Director Leigh Christian at 479-785-2501, ext. 1243.

Fort Smith Public Schools encourages following CDC Guidelines for social distancing when picking up grab-and-go meals at these locations. Students will not be able to access lockers, classrooms or other areas of the school during this time.


As always, we do not ask our JLA students to pay tuition to participate in the program. Our chamber members have graciously sponsored our students each year and we are so grateful for their support! Please consider whether your company could "Sponsor A Student" in the JLA Class of 2021!

Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce

This year has been an unprecedented situation for our area high school seniors. For the last 58 years, The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce has traditionally held its Honors Banquet to celebrate seniors graduating with an honors distinction. In addition, we would have celebrated Arkansas Scholars in the spring for those students that have successfully met the requirements of that program at graduation. This year due to COVID19 & CDC guidelines, we will celebrate these seniors through a virtual presentation. We are proud to recognize these students again this year and hope that this virtual presentation represents the recognition they all truly deserve. We owe great gratitude to the businesses that sponsored these educational events and hope everyone will thank them for their continued support of our schools and students. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, Gold Sponsors: ArcBest, Armstrong Bank, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Silver Sponsor: First National Bank of Fort Smith, Bronze Sponsors: Carman, Inc, Rheem Manufacturing, Student Sponsors: BancorpSouth, Westark Plumbing & Expert Drain Cleaning Services!
The video includes Honors Graduates and Arkansas Scholars from Fort Smith Public Schools, ( Northside High School Grizzlies & Southside High School Mavericks ) and Honors Graduates from Future School of Fort Smith and Union Christian Academy
Click here to watch this virtual celebration video:

Martin's Heating & Air


At Martin’s Heating & Air, we know the importance of community support. That’s why we’ve been looking for a way to honor all the seniors who won’t get a proper send off. And, we’ve found one.

We are excited to honor our high school senior Class of 2020 with our "Out Of This World" Scholarship Giveaway and our Virtual Yearbook!

We will be giving out $5 gas gift cards to our first 300 entrants and each student will be entered to win one of our TWO $500 scholarships! The winners will be announced June 5th at 2pm via Facebook!

Seniors graduating from the following schools are eligible for this scholarship:
AR - Alma High School, Cedarville High School, Future School of Fort Smith, Greenwood High School, Hackett High School: Go Hornets!, Mansfield School District Northside High School Grizzlies, Southside High School Mavericks, Van Buren School District
OK - Arkoma Public Schools Muldrow Public Schools, Pocola Class Of 2020, Poteau High School, Roland Public Schools, Sallisaw High School, Spiro Public Schools

Visit our website https://www.martinshvac.com/senior-spotlight-2020/ to enter your senior and learn more about this opportunity! 💚👽👩‍🎓👨‍🎓

Congratulations Class of 2020!

The JLA - Junior Leadership Academy Class of 2019 is now the high school graduating class of 2020!! We are so proud of these students. They have worked so hard and in JLA, they showed us just how dedicated they were to learning even more about their community. We expect great things from these students and can't wait to see where you go from here. CHEERS and CONGRATULATIONS, JLA-ers! #graduation #leaders #makemeproud

We are so excited for the JLA Class of 2021 -- and it wouldn't be possible without our sponsors!! Thank you OG&E for being the Presenting Sponsor of the Class of 2021!! Big thanks as well to our Platinum Sponsors: AT&T, Georgia-Pacific / Dixie Consumer Products, and University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and our Gold Sponsors: ABB Motors and Mechanical US, BHC Insurance, First National Bank of Fort Smith, and Rheem Manufacturing
We appreciate your support of this program!! Thank you for investing in our youth leaders!

Congratulations to the newest class of Junior Leadership Academy!

JLA Class of 2021 will be announced tomorrow!

Anna Claire Tilley and Nabila Siddiqui, members of the JLA Class of 2020, challenge you to come up with some creative ways to participate in Earth Day on Wednesday 4/22/2020! #rivervalleyearthday #earthday

#unitedwayfsa #socialdistancestyle Make sure you join in to celebrate a Day of Caring 2020 Social Distancing Style with United Way of Fort Smith and look for their t-shirts for sale on April 23rd!!!

April 23rd Day of Caring – Social Distance Style.
In honor of our 27th Annual Day of Caring, we ask you to join us in celebrating our volunteers! Because Day of Caring which was scheduled for April 23rd was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to have Day of Caring – Social Distance Style. We are asking that each of you share to your social media a photo of you volunteering, your favorite Day of Caring t-shirt, or even your favorite memory from a past Day of Caring event. We would love to flood social media with joyful memories of Day of Caring and shed some much-needed light during this stressful time. Please invite your friends and co-workers to join you in this fun day. We are asking that you tag us in these social media posts. On Facebook, tag United Way of Fort Smith and on Instagram and Twitter @unitedwayfsa. For social media platforms where hashtags are used, the hashtags will be #unitedwayfsa #SocialDistanceStyle.
Day of Caring is a vital event for our local non-profit agencies. Over the past 26 years, the value of our volunteer hours has reached well over one million dollars. These volunteers provided the work force for our agencies to complete much-needed projects. We hope to reschedule to a time when it is safe for our volunteers and agencies. If time does not allow for rescheduling this year, we may be in contact with some of you about completing the projects through our Day of Caring 365 program. This will depend on social distancing guidelines.
The design for the t-shirt was complete so we changed it up a bit and we are offering the option to purchase a Day of Caring 2020 – Social Distance Style t-shirt. We will have details on pricing and payment options on the 23rd. Proceeds from the purchase of the t-shirt will benefit the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. This fund will assist agencies and organizations in providing individuals and families who have been impacted by this pandemic, the assistance needed to stay in their homes and keep food on the table. United Way and the Community Response Committee will work to get these dollars into our area quickly. These micro-grants (up to $1000) are for organizations responding to the immediate needs of vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can also donate to this fund by texting “response” to 91999, online at unitedwayfortsmith.org or by mailing a check to us at 120 North 13th St. Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce

City of Fort Smith, Arkansas - City Hall is taking questions from the public ahead of their press conference. The form closes Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12 pm. Here is a link to enter your questions: https://forms.gle/WFNsEjsRZnEDDihq9

News Release:

OK Foods, Inc.

UPDATE: The River Valley Regional Food Bank's Great Chicken Giveaway was a huge success and we have officially handed out all of the chicken product!

TODAY the River Valley Regional Food Bank is handing out OK Foods chicken product to families in need at Kay Rodgers Park ! Each vehicle will be provided with a 40 pound box of frozen chicken product.

Distribution will start at 7 am – until food is fully dispersed.

To maintain appropriate social distancing procedures, do not exit your vehicle and keep your windows up. We will load your items for you. * Please clear out your trunk prior to entering the park.*

A special thank you to Kay Rodgers Park, Hugg & Hall Equipment Company, Geno's Pizza of Alma, City of Fort Smith, Arkansas - City Hall, Fort Smith Police Department, Van Buren Police Department, and Time Striping, Inc for your help and donations.

#nourishtheworld #okfoods #MakingPlatesPossible

Pinnacle Telecom

Who is ready for a little family fun?

Pinnacle Telecom knows things are very different right now and focusing on the negative can be an easy trap. So, we wanted to send some sunshine and smiles to your home, at a distance of course.
We are kicking off April with a GIVEAWAY!!
Winner will receive a $50 Gift Card to a Local Restaurant
Grab the family, side-walk chalk and your camera.
Head outside and use your creativity to Chalk the Walk with us!
Cover your sidewalks, driveway and more with bright shapes, pictures and words and let's help each other smile a little more.
Once your creation is complete, snap a picture and post it in the comments below to be entered to WIN!!
Then do us a favor and SHARE this post, so others can spread the Chalking fun!!
Winner will be chosen on April 30th.
We can't wait to see what you create!
Pinnacle Telecom – “Tomorrow's Technology Today”

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