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Texarkana Project Connect: Connecting Youth From the Twin Cities of Texarkana Arkansas and Texarkana Texas

Texarkana Public Library

Program Summary

This program will be hosted by the Texarkana Public Library which serves Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas. The program will target approximately 600 students in third and fourth grade in Texarkana's four school district. The mission of the program is to engage students through creating an anti-bullying multimedia project.

Agenda

This program will be hosted by the Texarkana Public Library which serves Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas. The mission of the program is to engage area third and fourth graders through creating of an anti-bullying multimedia project. Four mentors from Southern Arkansas University, Texas A&M – Texarkana, Texarkana College, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope at Texarkana, which all have a presence in the twin cities, will be partnered with area schools. Each mentor will be connected with third and fourth graders at one of four school districts located in the twin cities. The project will serve approximately 600 students in this age group. First, mentors will hold an interactive, energetic discussion for a combined audience from the four schools. Their presentation will inspire youth to engage in civic engagement with peers and their community. Mentors will work with third and fourth graders to create a video presentation, approximately five minutes in length, that is captivating and educational. The video will have an anti-bullying theme and will focus on the ideas of students being connected, cooperative, collaborative, safe, and respectful towards others. Each grade at each school will vote for their class team leader (eight in total) to work with mentors during the editing phase of the video making process. The video will air on Texarkana television stations and the Facebook pages of all participating institutions. Posters will be created by each grade in each school on the same theme as the video. Twenty copies of each poster will be made. Posters will be placed in the school systems and in the community. Mentors and participating teachers will select one student from each grade in each school to receive an award for being the most engaged. Award winners will receive a plaque and a $50 cash prize and a $250 scholarship to attend one of the participating universities or colleges upon graduation from high school. Finally, a $500 prize will be awarded to the school that has the most Facebook likes for the video.

Event: Radio Advertisements
Date: June 24 – July 15
Event: Enrollment of Third and Fourth Graders
Date: July 1-15
Event: Mentors’ Presentation at the Texarkana Texas Convention Center
Date: July 19
Event: Mentors’ Work with Students to Create Posters
Date: July 22-26
Event: Mentors’ Work with Students to Create Unedited Video
Date: July 29-August 2
Event: Class Team Leaders work with Mentors to Created Edited Video
Date: August 5-9
Event: Video is Posted on Facebook
Date: August 12
Event: Video is Posted on Facebook
Date: August 16
Event: Video Airs on Local Television Stations
Date: August 16, 23, 30; September 6, 13, 19, 25
Event: Final Celebration Party at the Texarkana Public Library
Date: September 27

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