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    Elementary students get in touch with Earth Day, Hero for a Day program assists Ozark National Forest, Butterball donation to Arkansas Foodbank

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Too often we report the negative news, but great things are happening in your community each day.

    Here's a look at a few stories that are on The Brighter Side...

    Elementary students experience Earth Day in a new way
    Ninety fourth-graders from Theodore Jones Elementary in Conway gathered Thursday at Hendrix Creek Preserve to learn about the ecosystem in honor of Earth Day.

    Hendrix University students provided the students with hands-on learning on subjects ranging from chemistry to natural resources.

    THV's cameras were rolling as the students learned the impact they have on the environment. Click on the THVideo!

    Volunteers restoring habitat in Ozark National Forest
    Field & Stream, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., has selected the Arkansas Wildlife Federation's Ozark National Forest land rehabilitation project as one of their 2012 Hero for a Day workdays.

    This Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. volunteers will restore a part of the forest known as Bearcat Hollow by removing abandoned fences that block wildlife routes, disposing of invasive plant species, building ponds to create water sources for wildlife, and adding woody debris to ponds to create habitat for aquatic species. Elk, black bear, whitetail deer, turkeys, and various other species will all benefit.

    The first volunteers to arrive will receive a Field & Stream/Toyota gift bag. Volunteers over the age of 18 are also eligible to enter a drawing for a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the 2012 Heroes of Conservation Award gala.
     
    Volunteers should expect to be lifting, digging, and landscaping with heavy equipment. Those working in the pond will get wet. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen, water and work gloves.Arkansas Wildlife Federation will provide lunch.

    If you want to help, meet at Round Hill Field on Forest Service Road 1201, near the town of Lurton on Highway 7 at 9 a.m.

    Butterball supporting No Kid Hungry Arkansas Campaign
    As part of its ongoing commitment to fighting hunger, Butterball, LLC recently joined The Poultry Federation, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (AHRA) and the Arkansas Foodbank to donate 6,427 pounds of turkey products to support the No Kid Hungry Arkansas Campaign™.

    The campaign - which was launched in 2010 through the efforts of Share Our Strength®, AHRA and the state of Arkansas - serves as a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 by connecting families facing hunger with programs that can help them.

    "We are so grateful for this generous donation of food which helps the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in its mission '... to reduce hunger through a unified effort to provide hunger relief, education and advocacy," stated Joyce Hardy, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance-No Kid Hungry Arkansas Director.

    Four years after the onset of the financial and economic crisis, hunger remains high in the United States, with more than 17 million households struggling with food insecurity in 20101 alone.

    "We have seen firsthand that charitable organizations across the country are struggling to feed and house a growing number of people in need," said Rod Brenneman, president and chief executive officer of Butterball, LLC. "Butterball is committed to partnering with charitable groups throughout its plant communities to help provide hunger relief and support the local community as we strive to serve as a strong corporate citizen."

    (Source: Butterball)

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