Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays! December is a busy month full of family, friends and traditions. City Year AmeriCorps Members have been busy planning teacher appreciation breakfasts, spelling bees, and investing in students' academics through tutoring and mentoring. I would like to appreciate everyone who donated to City Year in 2018 and for the generosity you conveyed on Giving Tuesday! I wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything, please consider making a donation to City Year, the gift of education lasts a lifetime. 

With gratitude,
Sarah Roberson
Vice President and Executive Director
Champion Spotlight: WordsWorth Books & Co.

The City Year Little Rock team at Mabelvale Elementary with WordsWorth Books & Co. owner, Lia Lent.
WordsWorth Books & Co. recently partnered with City Year Little Rock as part of the national "Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday" campaign (#IndiesGiveBack). During this campaign, 490 independent bookstores provided local schools and educational programs with copies of Jason Reynolds' novel  Ghost. WordsWorth Books donated twenty-four copies of  Ghost to City Year Little Rock, which will be used at Mabelvale Middle School and Cloverdale Middle School. Thank you, WordsWorth Books & Co. for being such a gracious community partner. 
Mabelvale Middle School Behavior Initiative

Students at Mabelvale Middle School create and act out behavior scenarios.
Students at Mabelvale Middle School are taking part in a project to curb school bullying, led by City Year AmeriCorps Member Rafiki Brown. Students will create and act out scenarios about bullying, demonstrating how they can help prevent these behaviors. The skits will be recorded and broadcast throughout the school. This behavior focused initiative is a piece of our vital work to help improve the overall school climate for our students. 
ACM Spotlight: Justin Wise

City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Member Justin Wise serves at Mabelvale Elementary School.
Why did you choose to join City Year Little Rock?
I chose City Year because I enjoy helping people. I also knew several people who served in City Year and they recommended it to me.

Talk about your experience serving in the community you are from.
The experience has been very eye opening. I am from Little Rock, so City Year has shown me a different side of the place I call home.

How has City Year affected you so far?
It has made me a harder worker and has broadened my way of thinking when it comes to helping others.

What has been your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps Member?
When the students I assist in school call me by name or when they ask me, “Why did you want to be a City Year?" I gladly respond by saying, “Because of wonderful students like you”.

Tell about a struggle you have faced/are facing as an AmeriCorps member.
Wanting to do more with the students I serve and not having enough time to do so.