Opportunity to learn summit set

The Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign is hosting the second Opportunity to Learn Summit Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the First United Methodist Church at Little Rock.

The campaign seeks to bring together parents, students, educators, policy makers, and others who are working to build a stronger movement for expanding educational opportunities in Arkansas.

In addition, there is an essay contest for students with the theme, “Why an Opportunity to Learn is Important to Me.”

Entries will be judged in four categories based on the author’s age: (a) 8-10 years (b) 11-13 years old; (c) 14-17 years old, or (d) 18-21 years old. Each age category will receive a prize of $75. Contest entries must be postmarked or submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday.

The winning essays will also be published on the Arkansas OTL website, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel newsletter, and the National OTL Campaign newsletter. Winners will be announced at the Arkansas OTL Summit on Dec. 1.

To reserve your spot at the summit or to enter the contest, please register online at http://arpanel.org/ coalitions/opportunity-to-learn/ or contact Janice El-Amin at (870) 329-0901.

The Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign is a coalition of statewide organizations, community leaders, educators, policy-makers, and other stakeholders who are committed to public education in Arkansas and dedicated to ensuring its viability.