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    Brighter Side: Good news in Arkansas

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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...

    Students at Boone Park Elementary in North Little Rock are getting creative when it comes to fighting bullying.

    Thursday was Anti-Bullying Day and the 5th graders performed a skit to encourage fellow students to take a stand against bullying.

    But that wasn't the only message the kids learned about this week.

    "This week is Red Ribbon week nationwide and we changed ours to fit our district," explains School Health Coordinator Heather Rhodes Newburn. "We want to focus on prevention all around, not just drug, alcohol and substance abuse."

    It's all a part of North Little Rock's Fit-2-Live community-wide effort help kids make healthy choices.

    And great news for students in Pine Bluff. UAPB and Tyson Foods are teaming up with local employers to hire students for internships, part-time, and permanent positions. 

    Four students were selected for paid internships; Martavius Alford from Pine Bluff, Valerie Webb from Little Rock, Taurean Morrow from Forrest City, and Brian Mixon from Memphis.

    Program founders hope this will help them develop the skills they need to make the transition from college to the real world of work. 
     
    And things are looking bright in Jacksonville as kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to take the Pumpkin Plunge to win toys, Splash Zone passes and prizes.

    It's happening Monday, October 29 at the Jacksonville Community Center pool from 6-8:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $5 and all of the money raised goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville.

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