Please be aware there are t-shirt, calendar, sports paraphernalia companies (most out of state) calling our local businesses for scam advertisements.  They are selling ads for t-shirts, calendars, etc., telling the business that Benton Schools or Athletic Department will receive a percentage of the profits from the sales.  This is a scam!!!!   If a local business is contacted for sales of this sort, please contact the Benton Athletic Department at 501-776-5718 to determine the legitimacy of the business before you send the company any money.  Several local businesses have been hurt by this scam already.  Thank you.  

Scott Neathery, Benton Schools, Athletic Director

Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger teamed up this past week to honor teachers throughout central Arkansas. Seven school districts (Benton, Bryant, Cabot, Conway, Pulaski County, Little Rock and North Little Rock) nominated 150 ‘Stars in Education’ to receive $500 to refresh their classrooms.  Each participating school district also selected one district-wide winner to receive an additional $1,000 from Kroger. On Wednesday, Sara Brown was surprised by representatives from Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger.  Congratulations to all of our "Stars in Education" winner:  Jill Crow, Connie Jeffcoat, Keri Coats, Kara Reynolds, Sara Brown, Sandy Newman and Amie Dougherty.


From an initial pool of approximately 1.6 million students, Jade Dorman is one of the approximately 16,000 students to be named a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  She will now compete to be named a National Merit Finalist.  We are incredibly proud of her for this amazing accomplishment.

Caitlin Ginther has been selected as the Benton High School DAR Good Citizen for the 2018-19 school year.  The DAR Good Citizen exemplifies dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.  She will now compete for DAR scholarships at the state and national level.  Caitlin is an excellent representative of the DAR characteristics.

Will Tudor, a student at Benton Junior High, was the 2018 Hot Spring County Grand Champion in two divisions, and he finished second overall for showing livestock. Congratulations to Will!

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Benton Middle School a 1,500 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients on August 28, 2018. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year inception, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.  

"BMS is appreciative to Dollar General and their commitment to education,” said Steve Quinn, principal of Benton Middle School.  

Benton Middle School will use the money to purchase copies of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, which will be taught in 7thgrade classes. One goal of adding this book into the curriculum is to provide a high-interest, grade-level appropriate book to encourage non-readers and struggling readers to read both in and outside of the classroom. Teachers also hope to see improvement in the reading comprehension levels of struggling readers. 

Thank you to Jenny Parnell for writing this grant to continue to strive for "excellence through education".

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