The North Little Rock School District, in partnership with the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, is once again sponsoring the Vital Link Program. The main purpose of the Vital Link Program is to assist students in seeing the connection between classroom learning and success in the workplace.

The Vital Link Program will be held this year from May 13-16. Each business site is asked to host a minimum of two students. The program will operate with student placements divided into two groups.

This year, sixth-grade students from Ridgeroad Middle School will be coming to work on Monday and Tuesday, May 13-14. Sixth-grade students from Lakewood Middle School will be working on Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16.

Students leave school between 8:30-9 a.m and arriving at businesses from 8:45-9:15 am. Students will depart for the return to school from 11:45 a.m. and noon. District personnel will be available to visit the businesses to review program elements, inform new personnel, and provide other assistance appropriate to individual situations.

Any business which would want to participate is asked to fill out an application and fax it or email it to Ginger LeQuieu at 771-8274 or

"This real life experience connects the work place to academics and plays a vital role in career preparations for these students," said LeQuieu Vital Link Program Director.

The Vital Link program was developed to motivate students to succeed in school by providing opportunities to understand the connection between classroom learning and success in the workplace.

"Based on previous years’ successes, we believe Vital Link is bridging the gap between school and community by helping students answer the question, "Why do I have to learn this?" said LeQuieu.