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Little Rock Family: Managing the back-to-school mayhem and backpack basics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This week, we're going beyond the books and taking a deeper look into the back to school experience.

There's always a little chaos trying to adjust and get back in the swing of things. Today, Heather Bennett from Little Rock Family Magazine is here to share a few tips about making the transition a little smoother.

Tips for managing the mayhem of going back to school:

1. Get clothes ready for the week on Sunday.

2. Have school year technology usage rules.

3. Use car time wisely for conversation and homework.

4. Respect bedtimes/limit caffeine intake.

5. Read everything you receive from school.

6. Reinforce good habits and character at home.

Backpack basics: 5 Tips for a spine-friendly school year:

1. Find the right backpack.

CADC to assist customers with utility disconnect notices through crisis LIHEAP beginning August 25

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) will begin crisis intervention assistance to families with disconnect notices in the Crisis Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program on August 25.

Applications will be accepted in 12 counties in central and south Arkansas. Applications for regular assistance will no longer be accepted.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery warns of fake phone scam

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is once again warning Arkansans about telephone scammers making false representations about individuals winning a lottery prize.

This week, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has received reports of a person purporting to represent the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery calling Arkansas residents and informing them that they have won lottery prizes. The scammer, often calling from an 876 (Jamaica) area code, will often know the victim's home address, and will often instruct the victim to go to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card called Green Dot MoneyPak to use to pre-pay taxes owed on the prize. In some cases the scammers provide a toll-free number that, when called, mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone message.

To protect yourself, please remember:

Dads Take Your Child to School Day for LRSD Aug. 18

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRSD) -- When the bell rings Monday, August 18, more than 25,000 Little Rock School District students will return to school - many of whom the district hopes will be accompanied by their fathers or a father figure - part of LRSD's second annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day and Facebook photo contest.

The Dads Take Your Child to School Day is designed to promote the important role which fathers and male role models play in a child's education.

Research indicates that when fathers are involved in their child's education, children learn more, perform better in school and have less disciplinary problems. According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, "Even when fathers do not share a home with their child, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact."

Police dog who bit neighbors back on the job

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two weeks ago, THV11 reported on a Little Rock Police dog who had gotten loose from his home kennel and attacked neighbors.

That dog, named Ammo, is back on the job, though on limited duty.

Little Rock police said he will remain on a leash for two weeks and can only assist with tracking suspects. They also say a second set of locks has been installed on the home kennel.

Ammo's original trainer is also being asked if more training may be needed.

Clinton Center holds back to school bash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - School starts Monday for almost everybody in Arkansas, and the Clinton Presidential Center is hosting the "Head of the Class" bash on Saturday to celebrate.

About 1,000 kids got free backpacks filled with supplies. Plus, they handed out coupons for haircuts and the state health department helped with free immunizations.

"We really consider ourselves educational partners here in this community. We want our schools and our teachers and our parents to consider the Clinton Center an extension of the classroom," said Rebecca Tennille, spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation.

Today's party also served as a birthday celebration for former President Bill Clinton.

The Clinton Library had birthday cupcakes on hand and 100 visitors got to take home a famous Hope Watermelon.

Rolling watermelon to feed the hungry

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A little summer fun and helping a good cause at the same time is never a bad thing.

The Arkansas Hunger Alliance held a watermelon roll on Saturday.

It's part of a gleaning project where farmers allow others to go back over fields after they are harvested.

"These trucks will go today to the Arkansas Foodbank where they will be shared with food banks across the state, all 75 counties in Arkansas, feeding those in need," said Michelle Shope of the Arkansas Hunger Alliance.

Shope said today's gleaning produced about 45,000 pounds of watermelon. They have another one scheduled as well which is expected to turn in 300,000 pounds of watermelon.