HSPSEF Begins Supporting HSSD & Community

HSPSEF Begins Supporting HSSD & Community
Posted on 01/22/2019
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The Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation (HSPSEF) has worked for two years to build a structure, membership base, and funds to assist and serve students and staff at the Hot Springs School District (HSSD), HSSD alumni and partners, and the greater Hot Springs community. The foundation has funded a student-led EAST project, initiated a partnership between the HSSD and the local Project Hope Food Bank, and is co-sponsoring an upcoming HSSD Staff Alumni Reception. HSSD alumni who wish to be part of engaging with or donating to the foundation should send an email to HSFoundation17@gmail.com.

“We are honored to be part of the continuing legacy of this great school district. Our foundation hopes to help support the positive impact that the Hot Springs School District makes on the lives of so many,” says Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation Board Chairman Q. Byrum Hurst. “We look forward to expanding this group of alumni and friends, and working in Hot Springs to support educational advancement and economic development.”

The HSPSEF was approached by the Hot Springs World Class High (HSWCHS) School EAST (Education Advanced by Service and Technology) Program in the fall of 2018 to help fund an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Project that is a partnership effort between EAST programs at the HSWCHS, Lakeside Middle School, and Fayetteville High School. The EAST programs partnered remotely to build a model for bracelets embedded with RFID chips, devices that would ultimately be used by schools to help them keep track of students. The project was inspired by an unfortunate accident in Fayetteville when a student wondered from campus and suffered fatal injuries. The EAST group hopes that far reaching solutions for this could be a reduction in kidnappings, human trafficking, and general improvement of student safety in schools and at home.

The HSSD Blessings Box is visible from the grounds of the HSSD District Office on Linwood Avenue, and is meant to provide food to the surrounding community at no cost. Other efforts take place throughout the year that involve student groups or staff volunteers partnering with the community to keep children and families fed. The Foundation organized a meeting with Project Hope Food Bank and will sponsor a membership for the HSSD to allow the district to purchase food items at low cost for initiatives that provide food and other supplies to the Hot Springs area.

Finally, an HSSD Staff Alumni Reception has been planned for February 26. The event will honor the great legacy of the HSSD and the many outstanding HSSD graduates who are now staff members and continue to serve and lead at the district.

“Our students need encouragement and input from our alumni, who are the best examples we have of how to apply the knowledge gained at our schools in the real world. We are deeply appreciative of the efforts of the foundation, and will do everything that we can to support growth and involvement,” says HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus.

Membership and involvement in the HSPSEF is open to all alumni, friends, and partners of the HSSD. The mission of the Hot Springs Public School Education Foundation is to strengthen and support public school students and initiatives in the heart of Hot Springs.

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