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Junior Ranger Reading Rally to Celebrate Earth Day and National Park Week

Central High School National Historic Site

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Join park rangers to celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day in partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival in the Writer?s Garden at the Main Library located at 100 Rock Street on Saturday, April 22 from 1:30 ? 2:30 p.m.

A Park Ranger will read The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. The story is about a six-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges who integrated William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each day Ruby was escorted to school by Federal marshals to ensure her safety. Outside the school was an angry mob chanting hateful words opposing integration. Parents of children in Ruby?s class removed them and she spent the entire first grade alone with her teacher. 1960 was a life changing year for Ruby Bridges and the nation.

Children will also have the opportunity to become honorary Junior Rangers by completing fun activities that will enhance their knowledge of the Little Rock Nine and the National Park Service. They will also receive a Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate and have the chance to win a Junior Ranger hat! The event is FREE! National Park Week is celebrated the week of April 22nd-30th 2006. This year?s theme is "Connecting Our Children to America's National Parks." Coloring pages and activities to learn more about the Little Rock Nine, civil rights, and the National Parks will also be available to pick up. For more information please contact the historic site at (501) 374-1957 or email

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is located at 2125 Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, across the street from Central High School. The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.


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