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Andraea Aguliera

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Fort Smith Public Schools introduces the Gold Program, a program designed for senior citizens aged 60 and older to attend school functions such as athletic or fine arts events for free using a “gold card.” With the goal of involving the entire community, the program reaches out to those without kids or grandkids in schools.

“It’s a great way to build relationships,” human resources supervisor Sherri Penix said.

On Nov. 8, up to 60 gold program participants will take tours of Trusty Elementary School and Southside High School. This tour displays what students learn in classrooms through different perspectives. They expect a welcome from JROTC cadets, a trumpet ensemble playing the National Anthem, and then they tour the school while visiting several classrooms in groups of six.

The free Senior Tour registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center (Building B, 3205 Jenny Lind Road). Tours last from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch. Seniors wanting to participate may also RSVP with Erin Craig at 479-785-2501 or [email protected].

“Anytime we can display to the community what exciting things we are doing in our schools is a positive. School has changed so much in the past five years, ten years and especially in the past 40-50 years when the senior group would have been in school, so I think it is a great opportunity for them and us,” assistant principal Travis Biggs said.

The school district hopes to make this an annual event.

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