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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.

Democratic Women name officers

Jefferson County Democratic Women named its 2016-17 officers recently. From left, they are president Zelda Hoaglan, vice president Yvonne Humphrey, recording secretary Billie Minton, corresponding secretary Classie Green, treasurer Lereatha Hamilton, parliamentarian Barbara Rhinehart, and historian Gypsy Tuck. The group meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Holiday Inn Express at The Pines mall. (Special to The Commercial)