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Senator Dismang Presents Awards for Children's Advocacy Centers

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LITTLE ROCK - The Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas honored two students and a facilitator from Rose Bud High School at a ceremony at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.

Senator Jonathan Dismang of Searcy presented the awards. He is a board member of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. It was in his role as a state senator that he became aware of the intelligence, compassion and maturity of Bailey Reynolds, a student at Rose Bud.

Reynolds and fellow student, Julie Chism-Greer, led a team of EAST Initiative students in urging the legislature to include professional development training in public schools, so that teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators are better able to recognize the maltreatment of children. Tami Baker, a former facilitator at Rose Bud, worked with the students.

"I was surprised to learn we didn't already have such a law on the books," Dismang said.

When the students approached Dismang with their idea, he was impressed by how much detail and how much thought they had put into it. "They had done so much work, It was a simple matter to write the legislation," Dismang said.

Their idea became Senate Bill 527, which Dismang sponsored and shepherded through the legislature during the 2011 regular session. It is now Act 1236 of 2011.

 


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