Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Batesville Area Economic Development Alliance Batesville Advertising & Promotion Commission Impact Independence County
Batesville, Arkansas Impact

Excel by Eight (E8)

The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has launched the Excel by Eight (E8) initiative in partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Community Foundation and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. The vision for the initiative is for all Arkansas children to have access to quality health care and education that maximizes their full potential, regardless of gender, income, ethnicity, or geography. When communities have a fully powered grid of family, health, education, and community resources, child development outcomes improve.

Over the next five years, the Batesville Area Chamber and area partners will participate in creating a model of change for building and repairing Independence County’s resource grid. This model will fuel a statewide movement, propelling Arkansas to the top of national rankings on child health and education outcomes.

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Current E8 Cluster Members:

Whitney Massey, Parent at Large - Lead Contact:

Brooke Stevenson, Parent at Large

Meghan Reeves, Parent at Large

Jennifer Douglas, Batesville School District

Tracey Owens, Cedar Ridge School District

Bani Meharg, Midland School District

Kim Poole, Southside School District

Dr. Julia Roulier, UAMS NorthCentral Regional Campus

Clint Shackelford, ARCare

Shelly Moser, White River Health System

Dr. Leslie Milton, Tooth Be Told Pediatric Dentistry

Mary Katherine Hardin, Stars Academy

Mindy Shaw, UACCB Early Childhood Developement

External Partners: 

AR Grade Level Reading Campaign | ForwARd Arkansas

Chairman's Circle Sponsors - Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
409 Vine Street
Batesville, AR 72501