New Partnership Announced between the Arkansas State Teachers Association and the Lewis Automotive Group
posted by: Alana | March 01, 2016, 07:54 PM   

Little Rock, AR – The Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) and Lewis Automotive Group are proud to announce a new partnership to support Northwest Arkansas’s talented educators. ASTA, the state’s premier professional association for educators, currently spearheads a state-wide Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant Program designed to provide worthy teachers with $500 awards to advance their professionalism. This new partnership with Lewis Automotive Group will invest an additional $5,500 into the program for educators in Benton, Madison, and Washington counties.

"We are pleased to partner with Lewis Automotive Group to support Northwest Arkansas’s deserving and committed educators," said ASTA Executive Director Dr. Michele Linch. "This partnership is a critical step in giving both organizations the tools to better support teachers, students, and the broader Northwest Arkansas community."

Through this partnership, Lewis Automotive Group will invest $5,500 into ASTA’s already successful scholarship and grant competition to expand the program’s reach. Teacher scholarships and classroom grants are competitive awards available to all educators in Arkansas. Potential applicants can apply online or by mail to receive up to $500 for professional development or classroom materials.


"Arkansas teachers have amazing ideas and projects that we are proud to support via our Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant Program," said Linch. "This partnership will greatly expand our investment in the community and we’re honored that such a well-respected business has contributed to our cause.”

This partnership with Lewis Automotive Group is the first of its kind in Northwest Arkansas. ASTA plans to work with additional local businesses throughout the state to provide teachers with even more scholarship and grant dollars.

Lewis Automotive Group’s General Manager Mr. Matt Lewis praised the partnership stating, "Our alignment with ASTA allows us to expand our level of support for teachers in our community. We are thrilled to expand our outreach to community schools and help support ASTA in their mission to elevate the teaching profession."

Click here to print the program flyer.


Arkansas State Teachers Association is the state’s premier, non-union, professional educators' association, offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy. ASTA has members across Arkansas and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. For more information about ASTA, visit


Lewis Automotive Group provides customers with fast, friendly, and the best service for all vehicle needs. They have 6 great locations prepared to serve including our award winning Lewis Collision Center and the only Line-X Spray-In bedliner franchise in Northwest Arkansas. Since 1946, “no pressure, no hassle, just tradition” isn’t simply a saying. It is their creed that has driven their business for 70 years and is why they are still Northwest Arkansas’ only locally owned family dealerships.


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Video Tech for Speech/Drama
written by Kenneth Scott, March 31, 2017

Students are in desperate need of video/recording equipment for speech classes as well as for drama classes. This grant would be of immense help.
written by Vicki Craft, March 31, 2017

Books! Books and more books! This money would be used to add to my classroom library. Open a book, open a mind to endless possibilities.
Business Teacher
written by Misty Bailey, March 31, 2017

I would love to use this to purchase a coding robot with a mini Ipad controller to use in my classes.

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