The Parental Involvement Committee for Mena Schools is excited to announce that they are bringing back, Derek Clark, also known as the ‘Rappin Dad’. Clark is a motivational speaker who knows first-hand the power of attitude in coping with adversity and overcoming hardship. He suffered brutal child abuse and abandonment, but never gave up and went from victim to victor by defying all odds and turning disadvantage into advantage. Clark will have a middle school assembly and a high school assembly on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. He will have an admission free event for families that evening at 7 p.m. Clark spoke at a professional development workshop for the Mena School staff in August 2014 and was much enjoyed. “We have had many requests to bring him back for students and families to hear his message,” said Vicky Maye of Mena Schools.
Maye said the date is also the same date as the annual See You at the Pole event. “We would like to encourage all churches to get on board to participate in this event. We are encouraging families to arrive at 6:45 p.m. to join a See You at the Pole for prayer in front of Mena High School, and then move over to our Performing Arts Center for Derek’s event at 7 p.m.,” said Maye.