Five Schools in Conway District Receive Award Money Through Incentive Program

Five of Conway’s schools in the district recently received award money totaling more than $20,000 each from the Arkansas School Recognition Program. L-R Sen. Jason Rapert, Carolyn Lewis Elementary Principal Tina Antley, Jim Stone Elementary Principal Mark Lewis, Woodrow Cummins Elementary Principal Dayna Lewis, Rep. Stephen Meeks, Rep. David Meeks, Ruth Doyle Middle School Principal Debi Avra, Superintendent Greg Murry and Carl Stuart Middle School Principal Harvey Benton.

Out of all the school’s across the state of Arkansas, five in Conway were recently recognized for the hard work of their teachers and students.

Woodrow Cummins Elementary Principal Dayna Lewis, Carl Stuart Middle School Principal Harvey Benton, Jim Stone Elementary Principal Mark Lewis, Carolyn Lewis Elementary Principal Tina Antley and Ruth Doyle Middle School Principal Debi Avra all accepted checks for their schools, valued more than $20,000 each from the Arkansas School Recognition Program, which was created to provide financial awards to public schools that achieve high students performance and public schools that achieve student academic growth.

Sen. Jason Rapert, Rep. Stephen Meeks and Rep. David Meeks were also in attendance for a photo opportunity Thursday at the Conway Schools Administration Building.

“We are very proud of our students and we’re proud of this recognition,” Dayna Lewis said. “It’s important to remember it’s just one piece of the puzzle and we’re proud of all of Conway Public School’s teachers and students and we are very thankful for this opportunity to let all the students shine.”

She said the recognition means a lot to them because Woodrow Cummins students work hard each and every day.

“For them to be acknowledged for their hard work is really nice and I think the parents appreciate it as well,” Lewis said.

Lewis, who was awarded two checks from the program, said the elementary school plans to use the money to increase the use of Google Chromebooks in the classrooms.

“We need more [technology] in the school, so that will be a big push for us,” she said.

Conway’s Communication Specialist Heather Kendrick said the district is grateful to all of Arkansas’s state legislators for this specific recognition of Conway schools.

“All of our teachers and students work extremely hard throughout the year as well as on the state assessments and we are very proud of all of them,” she said.

Rep. David Meeks said he thinks the program is a great incentive for schools to work hard.

“We appreciate everything that our schools are doing to teach our kids to do the best they can with the materials [they have],” he said. “Some of these schools are putting it back into the classrooms and buying more materials and really helping the teachers out, and that’s what it’s all about.”

He believes the program has a positive, overall effect.

“I think that’s proof [referring to Conway’s awards] that we’ve had six checks in just the Conway school district alone,” Meeks said. “When you talk about all over the state, you’re talking dozens more that got it. I think it gives the schools something to work for [and] work toward.”