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Rural Community Alliance

Too Small to Fail

Too Small to Fail

Long bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund […]

Arkansas Parent: Rural Schools Give Life to Communities

Arkansas Parent: Rural Schools Give Life to Communities

On April 10, busloads of students, parents, educators and patrons wearing their yellow-and-black Road Runner insignia made the 120-mile trip to the Arkansas state Capitol to listen as the Arkansas Board of Education voted to close the doors of their school. They silenced possibly forever, formal education taking place in another rural Arkansas community. The […]

Alenora Williams – Promotes Pride, Opportunities, Healing

Alenora Williams – Promotes Pride, Opportunities, Healing

Hero’s name: Alenora Williams Home city: Elaine, Ark. Organization affiliation: Elaine Community Opportunity Seekers (local chapter of Rural Community Alliance) Why this person is a Community Hero: “Alenora Williams loves serving the community of Elaine and Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. She has been a special education paraprofessional for over 25 years. She sees potential in children whom society […]

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

ARKANSAS – On a recent morning, a small crowd gathered in the freshly swept parking lot of the Lambrook, Ark., post office, a simple brick building with white trim. Word had spread quickly through the rural community of fewer than 100 residents that a meeting was being called that evening to talk about the U.S. […]