The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, April 2020

In what is likely the strangest spring semester in the recent history of Catholic education, students have switched from in-person instruction to Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) at home in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. In this section you'll find a variety of stories including how high school teachers are adapting to AMI and how schools are handling graduation. You'll also find inspiring stories about an award-winning principal who goes above and beyond for her students and a Mount St. Mary Academy sophomore who gives back in a unique way. 


Creativity required for teaching during COVID-19 pandemic

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 28, 2020   

Between creating new lessons, recording lectures, responding to student messages and trying to find the balance between work and home life, high school teachers are essentially students again, learning how to teach in a virtual world. All Catholic schools in Arkansas switched to Alternative Methods of Instruction by March 16 and while many hoped for the best by mid-April, the threat of spreading COVID-19 led Gov. Asa Hutchinson to close Arkansas public schools to on-site instruction More... 

Little Rock principal called top advocate for her students

By Dwain Hebda, Published: April 27, 2020      

Ask Kristy Dunn the hardest lesson about being a principal and she’ll tell you it’s coming to grips with what you do not know in a job where everybody, including yourself, expects you to know everything. “I never saw coming the need (here) and what I mean by that is each person has a specific need,” said Dunn, principal of St. Theresa School in Little Rock. “I endeavor every day to figure out how to serve More... 

NLR sophomore a dynamo of community service

By Dwain Hebda, Published: April 23, 2020   

Haley Draeger stands in a room surrounded by racks of clothes. It’s a shopping day and her arms sag under the weight of her selections. She smiles broadly as she looks at each one, with a look only a 16-year-old on a spree can give. “This is so cute!” she fairly squeals, to no one in particular. Seeing a teenager in a boutique isn’t particularly unusual but here at Kid’s Korner, Draeger stands out. After all, it More... 

$3 million gift to reduce costs for many OCA students

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: April 23, 2020   

TONTITOWN — A $3 million gift to assist northwest Arkansas families to send their children to attend Ozark Catholic Academy came as welcome news. For some families, a Catholic high school education seems out of reach, but the introduction of the Continuing Catholic Education (CCE) tuition rate program has made the option more affordable, even for multiple children. The $3 million donation was given in February with the intention of easing the financial burden that many families More... 

Home has always been a pillar of Catholic education

By Theresa Hall, Published: April 23, 2020   

The logo for the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Little Rock is made up of two pillars that represent the home and school working together to build the Church. The three bands on top suggest the threefold purpose of Catholic education: to teach the Gospel, build community and be of service. The cross reminds us that Christ is at the center of our schools. The logo also suggests a stylized book, the Bible. The logo’s two More...