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Eight retirees of the Ashdown School District will be honored with a public reception on Thursday, May 8 from 4:00-5:00 on the lawn of the Little River County Courthouse. The event is hosted by the Ashdown School District, along with the Little River County Retired Teachers Association.
Retirees to be honored will include Superintendent Mike Walker and teachers Paula Ward (Ashdown High School), Margaret Macon (L. F. Henderson Intermediate School), and Betty Warren and Ernestine Nelson (C. D. Franks Elementary School). Classified retirees being honored include Sherry Horn (Ashdown High School office), James Fricks (Ashdown School District Services), and Mildred Forte' (Ashdown High School).
Everyone is invited to attend and share in extending thanks and congratulations to these school retirees.
The Special Olympics Area Games for school-aged athletes will be held at the Ashdown High School Fred Jester Memorial Track Field on April 29, 2014. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.
School-aged athletes with special needs will compete in a variety of track and field style events. Every athlete will receive awards after each individual event. All parents, friends and community members are invited and encouraged to come and cheer the athletes on or even serve as a day volunteer.
This is the first year for the Ashdown District to host the area games for Special Olympics of Arkansas Area 11, which includes Little River, Sevier, Howard, Hempstead and Miller Counties. Dozens of Special Olympics athletes from schools in all those counties will be participating in the single day event at the Fred Jester Memorial Track.
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing competitions to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. The motto of Special Olympics athletes is "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."