Faith Harkey Brings Her Positive Rural Message to Arkansas Schools

A collaborative effort brings a nationally-known author to rural students in Arkansas

October 5, 2015 |

What happens when a "mild-mannered" author meets up with Superhero teachers from Arkansas? A "Thing" or two! Left to right: Faith Harkey, Thing 1, Thing 2, and Candace Williams, executive director, Rural Community Alliance.

Faith Harkey, author of Genuine Sweet, small-town narrative steward, and Rural Schools Collaborative advocate recently ventured to Arkansas where she shared her message on the importance of rural stories with elementary school students in the communities of Carlisle and Des Arc.

Faith read to students, signed books, and teamed up with Rural Community Alliance executive director, Candace Williams, to make book presentations to classroom teachers. Harkey, who was in the region to attend a national library conference in Little Rock, volunteered her time and donated books to the two schools.

Karen Norton, principal of Carlisle Elementary School said, "I have heard nothing but high praises about Faith Harkey! The students are already asking for our teachers to read the book to them! We are looking forward to partnering with the Rural Schools Collaborative in the future! This was a VERY positive experience for our students and our team!"

Harkey's visit was facilitated by the Rural Community Alliance and the Rural Schools Collaborative, organizations that share the common goal of promoting thoughtful place-based education.

Click here to read more on Harkey's thoughts about the importance of small-town values and the rural narrative.

Faith Harkey brings her good vibe to Des Arc!

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