GO! On The Hot Springs

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Eliza Gaines Ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor

Around this time of year we are usu­ally pin­ing for cool, crisp fall days and

sweater weather. How­ever, with our un­usu­ally mild summer, Au­gust in Arkansas doesn’t seem so bad! This time of year also brings up cer­tain mem­o­ries of shop­ping for pen­cils and note­books, brush­ing off text­books and first-day jit­ters. School is al­most back in ses­sion, and we are de­vot­ing this is­sue to the power of ed­u­ca­tion.

We’re fea­tur­ing Mid Amer­ica Science Mu­seum’s “Science Mat­ters” pro­gram, where mu­seum ed­u­ca­tors will bring the fun of the mu­seum to fourth-graders in five coun­ties. Hands-on ex­per­i­ments and projects will no doubt get these stu­dents ex­cited about science.

We’re also spot­light­ing a spe­cial or­ga­ni­za­tion that ed­u­cates those of all ages. First Step serves those with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, and the dif­fer­ence the pro­gram makes in peo­ples’ lives is truly in­spir­ing.

Another ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram that Hot Springs res­i­dents can be proud of is the Sis­ter City pro­gram, which is now in its 21st year of part­ner­ing in learn­ing and shar­ing cul­ture with Hana­maki, Ja­pan. The pro­gram shows no sign of slow­ing down, and stu­dents wish­ing to be a part of the del­e­ga­tion that trav­els to Ja­pan must sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions by Oct. 1.

In the spirit of the is­sue, I’ll end with this quote from Henry Ford: “Any­one who stops learn­ing is old, whether at 20 or 80. Any­one who keeps learn­ing stays young. The great­est thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

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