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Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The number of students enrolled in higher education on the 11th day of classes in Arkansas is down one percent overall as compared to last fall, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Thursday, with a total of 168,816 at both public and private schools.

“Final enrollment numbers won’t be available until after the semester ends,” said Shane Broadway, director of ADHE, “but we don’t expect big changes based on what we’ve been seeing the last couple years.

“Numbers are trending to what they were before the recession when many Arkansans lost their jobs,” Broadway continued, “and began looking for more opportunities by way of a higher education.”

The four-year universities saw an average increase in enrollment of 0.3 percent, while the two-year colleges saw a decrease in enrollment of 4.7 percent. Total public institution enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent.

North Little Rock farm to hold fundraising event at White Water Tavern

North Little Rock farm to hold fundraising event at White Water Tavern

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – In an effort to educate Arkansans on sustainable agricultural practices, St. Joseph Farmin North Little Rock is holding an event at The White Water Tavern in Little Rock Wednesday night, beginning at 7 p.m., to promote the St. Joseph Farm Fest as well as educate those present on how they can contribute to the October festival.

St. Joseph recently established a GoFundMe campaign, with a goal of raising $6,000 toward making the festival a huge success in its first year as well as sustain the festival for future years.

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students in the United States. 80 percent of college students who attempt suicide never seek help afterward. By region, the south has the most suicides each year. In the nation, Arkansas ranks 15th in deaths by suicide.

Arkansas is the only state without a federal grant to help with suicide prevention. However, that has not deterred college campuses from taking this growing problem into their own hands. That's why the University of Arkansas at Little Rock declares this week "Suicide Prevention Week".

The number of suicides is on the rise. Already this summer, a third year student committed suicide, and another student committed suicide last spring.

Dr. Michael Kirk, director for UALR's counseling and career services, says the worst semester on record for the school was in the fall of 2012 when 11 suicide attempts were reported.

Beyond the Books: Learning life skills

Beyond the Books: Learning life skills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In high school, many times the focus is on standardized tests and college academic preparation, but what about life skills?

While there once was a time where home economics was a requirement for students, times have changed.

In tonight's, 'Beyond the Books' we show you how some students are taking advantage of these life skills classes in hopes of someday becoming productive adults.

Child development students at North Pulaski High are learning essential tools that can't be taught with a textbook.

"I learned how to cook, learned how to balance a checkbook," said Rebecca Bailey, a North Pulaski High student.

No longer referred to as home economics, students are now taking what's called family consumer sciences. It's an elective offered at most high schools throughout the state that encompasses just about every life skill you can imagine.

NLRHS shares parking instructions, map

NLRHS shares parking instructions, map

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (NLRSD) - Due to construction at North Little Rock High School Campus, parking plans have been finalized for the first day of school on Monday, August 18, 2014.  Take a look at the instructions for students and parents:

PDF: NLRSH Parking Lot (http://on.kthv.com/1rdGUH0)

PDF: NLRHS Parking Instructions (http://on.kthv.com/1qcVUyz)



* Depending on the direction from which you are coming, you will either turn left, right or go straight onto East Pershing Blvd to Poplar Street (there is a stoplight at the intersection.)

* Turn right onto Poplar Street

* Turn left into the SOPHOMRE entrance of the parking area

Be watchful! School personnel will be out directing traffic and assisting students in finding the appropriate area.

Pulaski Tech starts new community chorus

Pulaski Tech starts new community chorus

Pulaski Technical College will offer its first community-based Festival Chorus this fall, and it's open to anyone who loves to sing and can dedicate time for rehearsals.

Festival Chorus is offered through Pulaski Tech's Community and Continuing Educaton program. No auditions are necessary.The music repertoire will include a little bit of everything, from gospel and jazz to video game music and opera.

The chorus will rehearse on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. on Pulaski Tech's Main Campus, at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock.

There is a $25 membership fee to cover the cost of the music, rehearsal space and accompanist. To sign up, contact Chorus Director Michael Ekbladh at 501-907-6670,ext. 3408. Or register online at www.pulaskitech.edu/continuing_education.