Architecture & Design Camp empowers girls

Rising seventh grade girls from Chicot and Desha counties recently experienced architecture first hand, flipping the McGehee Train Depot into a makerspace during the Alex Foundation’s 2017 DIY (do-it-yourself) Architecture and Design Summer Camp. The free, week-long summer camp exposed the girls to project-based learning in architecture, design and the built environment. Wyndolyn Adams, the Alex Foundation’s board of directors’ vice president, said the summer camp was more than architecture and design. It was also … Continued

Architecture in the Classroom brings ‘STE+AM’ to McGehee

The Alex Foundation is partnering with Drury University Hammons School of Architecture professors, Nancy Chikaraishi and Marshall Arne, to bring McGehee students ‘STE+AM’ on October 5-7 2016 as part of World Architecture Day. STE+AM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Architecture and Math) enables students to make real-world connections to the many ways architecture is allied with careers in demand. The McGehee School District is one of five Alex Foundation sponsored STE+AM school districts in the … Continued

Architecture camp engages new generation of DIYers, creates makerspace

Eighteen Chicot County sixth and seventh graders were introduced to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities at a recent architecture summer camp organized by the Alex Foundation and the J. Austin White Cultural Center in Eudora. The campers were immersed in a different way of learning as they gained the skills to design and build their own structures. They experienced designing, sketching, building, tinkering, drilling, brainstorming, ideas creation, teamwork, project-based and experiential … Continued

The U.S. Constitution, Voting Rights and Measuring Tape

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. … Continued

Dermott educator brings new meaning to multi-tasking

  When Kristi Ridgell took a job as the district’s elementary school principal two years ago, she walked into many responsibilities, giving multi-tasking a new meaning. She is the district superintendent, elementary school principal, pre-kindergarten director, parent coordinator, and she oversees the district’s 21st Century Grant. “I am a hard worker and very determined,” Ridgell said. “I give it my all at everything I do. I can multi-task.” Ridgell, who holds a master’s degree in … Continued