Award Year: 2020
The mission is to provide all students with optimal learning opportunities in the safest possible environments, so they may reach their fullest academic and social potentials.
- Black/African American: 94%
- White: 2%
- Hispanic: 4%
Eudora Elementary School, a rural K-3 school, located in Eudora, Chicot County, Arkansas, is home to approximately 90 students and 25 staff members. For the past few years, Eudora has had a focus on developing a culture that creates a learning environment where student growth is key. Professional development is designed to develop a professional learning community, study student data, identify gaps in learning, and create instructional interventions for small groups or individuals, rather than whole group instruction. This approach has resulted in gains that were previously unattainable.
A challenge faced by Eudora Elementary School is its location. Being in a rural environment limits supplies and services that may be available to larger communities. Eudora is able to combat this challenge with commitment from the community. Eudora Elementary School has learned to be flexible and include input from all stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, businesses, and other community members to provide opportunities for our students to learn. Eudora depends on community efforts such as the Eudora R.E.A.D.S. project, the Parent Mentor Program, an active Parent-Teacher Association, the J. Austin White Cultural Center, and the recently opened, Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center. These groups, projects, and initiatives provide local learning opportunities and experiences that the students of Eudora Elementary School would need to travel vast distances to obtain. Knowing that the parents and community support Eudora Elementary School gives our teachers and staff inspiration to prepare students for the challenges of their future.