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The Benton Police Communication Department and the Benton School District were recognized for their outstanding efforts to keep students safe and respond quickly during emergencies. Benton Police Department partners in safety with the Benton School District through the use of Rave Panic Button which provides rapid and accurate communication between school staff and 9-1-1 during emergencies.

JP French, State Director for Rave Panic Button, presented Benton Communication Dispatchers Adelia Cooper and Tony Donaldson with the Rave SmartSave Award – an award presented by Rave Mobile Safety to honor 9-1-1 dispatchers and community partners for their exceptional work and dedication in response to emergency situations. As the Organization Administrator for Benton Schools District’s Rave Panic Button Facility Profile, Kevin Chastain will receive the Rave SmartSave Award for diligently building the school’s Facility Profile by updating emergency contacts, floorplans, and ensuring all school property was properly geofenced.

Benton Police Communication Department received a 9-1-1 call from Benton High School on March 8th, reporting a student collapsed and was not breathing. The school’s Facility Profile displayed on the dispatcher’s screen showing the incident was on the baseball field. Using the Rave Panic Button, Benton Police Communication Department sent two messages to school district administrators, medical personnel and school resource officers notifying them of the emergency. Emergency responders were simultaneously dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival of first responders, the student was revived and transported to the hospital.

“These dispatchers’ quick response and use of the Rave Panic Button to not only send help but to initiate the school’s emergency response plan saved this student’s life,” said JP French, State Director for Rave Panic Button. “Instantly sharing information with schools is invaluable and made a significant difference in this situation.”

The Rave Panic Button has revolutionized emergency response in Arkansas schools and has improved communication between 9-1-1, first responders, and on-site school staff. Arkansas school employees can activate the Rave Panic Button through their smartphone which instantly dials 9-1-1 while simultaneously sending notification to on-site personnel. The role of 9-1-1 in a school emergency has evolved greatly in Arkansas thanks to the Rave Panic Button. Now, 9-1-1, first responders and schools have a strong partnership and are fully integrated into school and public safety emergency plans.

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On March 8th, a Benton athlete, Grant Steed, collapsed on the baseball field; he was not breathing and had no pulse.  If it were not for the actions of Coaches Garrett Parker and Rusty Davis, along with Athletic Trainer TJ White, this event would have been a tragedy.  These three activated and followed through with the Emergency Action Plan flawlessly until EMS arrived and took over. After 51 days in Arkansas Children's Hospital, Grant was able to walk out of the hospital and go home. Thanks to Garrett, Rusty, and TJ for their heroic efforts that saved a life!

David See, Commander of Benton's VFW post in Benton, awarded Ms. Karen Westbrook the Saline County's VFW Teacher of the Year award.  This award is not only for having 2 out of the 3 winner's in this year's Patriot's Pen contest but for having many winners throughout out the years. Congratulations to Ms. Westbrook and her winning students!

The following locations will be providing free meals during the summer:

Boys and Girls Club of Benton

Meals provided to ALL children under the age of 18

Children may eat meals but must be a member of the Boys and Girls Club to stay for activities.

June 5, 2017 – August 4, 2017 (No Meal Service July 3 – 7)

Breakfast : 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 



Boys and Girls Club of Bryant

June 5, 2017 – August 2, 2017

 


Boys & Girls Club of Shannon Hills

(Meals provided at Geyer Springs Baptist Church)

June 5, 2017 – July 28, 2017

 


Alexander Community Center

June 5, 2017 – July 28, 2017

Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Noah Tull has received a three-year Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas, where he will major in Biomedical Engineering.

Tull was chosen from among 4,400 applicants nationwide. These Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews.

While at Benton High School, Noah was active in JROTC holding several leadership positions and served on the Panther Battalion Staff during his senior year.  Noah was additionally named to the Junior National Honor Society, Arkansas Scholar, Honor graduate, and named the National Scholar Athlete for the BHS JROTC program.

The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, as well as an annual book allowance, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year.

Upon graduation, Tull will receive a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and serve four to five years in the Army by committing to either active duty, the Army Reserve or the National Guard.

Tull is the son of Andrea and Kurt Tull.

Benton Middle School collected 385 pounds of pop tabs (about 10 large black trash bags full) for the Ronald McDonald House.

“Clinton McDonald, Defensive Tackle for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and local Arkansas native came by the House this week.  Clinton delivered Baskets of Hope to the parents currently calling Ronald McDonald House “home”, so they could have a fun surprise when they next visited their seriously ill children in the hospital. A bag filled with treats for the parents was also provided.

We also opened a salon for these families,  in particular, those whose children will be in the hospital for several months.  Hair stylists have donated their time to come to the House once a week to shampoo, cut and give a much needed little perk and possibly relieve some stress, even for just a moment, for these parents.

The pop tabs you collected helps us with operational expenses that keep our doors open, and allow us to continue to provide these services as well as a  “home away from home” for families in their most desperate time. Your students should be very proud of themselves!”

Below are the results. The schools brought in almost 4000 pounds of Pop Tabs!

 

School Name

# of students collecting

Total  pounds collected

Average pounds collected per person

Baker Elementary

26

8

0.31

Benton Middle School

828

385

0.46

Cabot Middle School North

800

76

0.10

Cabot Middle School South

725

72

0.10

Cabot Westside

450

102

0.23

Cedar Ridge

254

145

0.57

Central Arkansas Christian School (PV Campus)

144

259

1.80

Central Elementary  - Kiwanis kids

19

182

9.58

Central Primary

300

74

0.25

Clinton Elementary

694

324

0.47

England Elementary School

426

165

0.39

Gibbs Magnet Elementary

307

19

0.06

Jim Stone Elementary

406

91

0.22

Lonoke Primary School

440

141

0.32

Magness Creek Elementary

26

178

6.85

Morrilton Junior High School

340

93

0.27

Mountain Springs Elementary - Kiwanis

494

87

0.18

North Little Rock Catholic Academy

12

36

3.00

Northside Elementary School

405

72

0.18

Peritt Primary School

350

118

0.34

Sheridan Elementary

200

389

1.95

Southside Elementary School

400

40

0.10

Springhill Elementary

 

135

 

Stagecoach Elementary

500

220

0.44

Star City GT

19

23

1.21

Terry Elementary

400

42

0.11

Vilonia Elementary School

120

70

0.58

Vilonia Primary

43

80

1.86

White Hall

 

76

 

Woodrow Cummins Elementary

350

146

0.42

   

3848

 

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