LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS:
Letha Rounds is known as a community leader and activist. Most
of her efforts are on behalf of children, grandparents and relative
caregivers. Letha organizes the annual "Unsung Heroes"
banquet in Central Arkansas, which honors children's caregivers.
She also organizes a yearly Grandparents Parade for
National Grandparents Day in Little Rock. (Photos of
this year's parade will appear here in September.)
For twenty-five years, Ms. Rounds worked as an operating room
technician. When she retired in 1994, she immediately began
her second career by founding ARK (Advocates and Relatives for
Kids). The organization is a resource and advocacy center for
area families and caregivers.
Some of her tasks include: coordinating support groups for
families; providing intensive case management and crisis intervention
services for families; training caregivers in advocacy and parenting
skills; and providing information and referrals.
Ms. Rounds has received numerous awards, including recognition
for Outstanding Community Service from the Arkansas Martin Luther
King Jr. Commission; the Capital Citizen's Award, and the J.C.
Penney Golden Rule Award. Dearest to her heart is a letter from
her grandson, Eric, which is reproduced below.
The National Grandparents Day Council is honored to welcome
Ms. Rounds as Media Liason for her state. If you live in Arkansas
and have grandparent-related news items you wish to see on this
website, contact Ms. Rounds at (501)376-2526.