Central High Recognizes Centennial of the National Park Service

Text by Katherine Stewart.

Elementary school students and their families are invited to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site with fun activities and a special screening of “The Ernest Green Story.” The Winter Break Centennial Kickoff will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 30.

In addition to coloring and completing National Parks activity sheets, participants will have the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger and earn an official Junior Ranger Badge. Paper crafts will include creating a model Central High Tiger and a Junior Ranger hat. Students who’ve explored the Central High museum exhibits or are familiar with civil rights history can team up to test their knowledge and win prizes in a multimedia game of Civil Rights Jeopardy. The festivities will close with a screening of “The Ernest Green Story,” the inspiring Disney film about the only senior among the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green, who went on to serve in the Carter administration and become a managing director at Lehman Brothers, a major investment firm in Washington D.C.

Activity Schedule:
12:30-2:30 pm: Crafts and Coloring, Junior Ranger activities
2:30-3:30 pm: Civil Rights Jeopardy
3:30 pm: “Ernest Green Story” showing

Stop by as your schedule allows, or spend the whole afternoon. This event is free and open to the public; RSVP at 501-374-1957. For more information, contact [email protected].