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Conductor To Donate Entrepreneur Kid Book Sets

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Conductor To Donate Entrepreneur Kid Book Sets to Faulkner County Schools in Gifting Ceremony

CONWAY–The Conductor, a public-private partnership driving innovation and economic empowerment in Central Arkansas, is gifting a set of Entrepreneur Kid books to every elementary school in Faulkner County in a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. in UCA’s Makerspace, Powered by the Conductor. Superintendents and principals from each of the 20 elementary schools in Faulkner County will receive the signed books during the event.

The gift is indicative of the Conductor’s Entrepreneurial Talent Development Initiative, which catalyzes entrepreneurial education and opportunities in K-12 students, college students, and the community. The Entrepreneur Kid books will enable young students to be exposed to entrepreneurial, problem-solving concepts in a relatable, easy-to-read format.

Entrepreneur Kid book set
Entrepreneur Kid book set

“Talent development is a very important focus for the Conductor,” said Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor. “We think it is critical that students, teachers, administrators, and parents understand that entrepreneurship is a viable career path. The Entrepreneur Kid books do a great job of helping us tell that story. Even if the students with whom we come into contact don’t go on to start their own businesses, it’s important to also let them know that even established companies look to hire innovative, entrepreneurial talent.”

Present at the ceremony will be UCA President Houston Davis; Dr. Victoria Groves-Scott, Dean of the College of Education at UCA; Lance Stokes, founder of Lauren James; and author Erica Swallow. The books will be presented by Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor, and Kim Lane, COO of the Conductor.

“I wrote these books with educators in mind,” Swallow said. “Every book ends with a question meant to open up discussion, whether in a classroom setting or with parents: ‘Now it’s your turn … What problems do you want to solve in the world?’ I can’t wait to hear what the educators of Faulkner County think about the potential for introducing kids to entrepreneurship through this series.”

Representatives from the Faulkner County schools will also tour the Makerspace and learn more about the field trips, hands-on events and student-focused programming in the space. Since its launch in September, the Makerspace has reached over 200 students in the area, trained 100 community members in its Maker Certification program, and facilitated field trips with elementary, high school and college students.

The Entrepreneur Kid Book Gifting Ceremony is open to community members and makers of all ages.

To learn more about the Ceremony, visit http://bit.ly/2zQ7Lit.


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