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The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas hosted a STEAM-tastic forum on Thursday night, during which parents were informed on the importance of their children excelling in STEAM subjects in school. David Moody, founder of Jacksson David, a consulting firm in North Little Rock, talked to parents about the importance of recognizing science, technology, engineering, arts and math characteristics in their children and what to do once the discovery is made. The Jefferson County STEM Workforce Initiative is provided by a grant from Arkansas Department of Higher Education. This grant is a collaboration between The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County and The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. This is a pilot grant, and if it is successful, Jefferson County will receive $1 million for five years to fund this program. (Special to The Commercial/Shedelle Davis)

Bess Jenkins Club learns about Bayou Bartholomew

The Bess Jenkins Club recently met at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Judy Barrett, president, announced that the club would again make a $200 memorial gift to Jenkins Memorial Children’s Center in honor of Bess Jenkins. A memorial gift was also made to First Presbyterian Church in honor of Marjorie Jones.

WH Willing Workers hear about social activity

Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Nov. 24 at the White Hall Library. President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed everyone. Vice President Karen Needler read the Thought of the Month: “There’s a purpose in life’s events to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.”