Supporters of the North Little Rock School District are asking people through May 31 to cast votes in Regions Bank’s “What a Difference a Day Makes” Contest.
“We are excited to tell you The North Little Rock Community Farm has been named as a finalist in the Regions Financial “What a Difference a Day Makes” contest,” said NLRSD spokeswoman Shara Brazear. “NLR students have a chance to win up to 40 hours of volunteer service and $5,000.”
The non-profit with the most votes will receive $5,000 from Regions and 10 volunteers to help complete an improvement project.
“The $5,000 would enable The NLR Community Farm to meet its financial commitment to Arkansas GardenCorps for our amazing AmeriCorps Service Member, Kevin,” Brazear said. “We would also use the 10 volunteers to help us build a new storage shed with a covered wash station at the farm. What a difference that would make to our farm.”
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At North Little Rock High School’s east campus, 9th-grader DeLena Lattimore established a sustainable school farm with help from a classmate and guided by a facilitator.
Seeking to provide a local food system and help with the root causes of hunger, poverty and homelessness, they partnered with Little Rock charity The People Tree.
The North Little Rock Community Farm (NLRCF) is a student-led school farm and community garden aimed at making North Little Rock a healthier and more connected community, while serving as an outdoor classroom that teaches students arts, math and science. Students and the NLRCF set out to end hunger in North Little Rock, starting with the 600-plus students in the school district classified as homeless.
The People Tree’s collaboration with the NLRCF brought new layers of thought and consideration in regards to the health of our local food system, its participants (consumers and producers) and its challenges.