Bessie B. Moore Awards Program

The Bessie B. Moore Awards Program recognizes Arkansas teachers for going “above and beyond” what is required by developing outstanding economic and personal finance projects they integrate into the classroom during the school year. The recipients receive statewide recognition from board members and donors during an annual luncheon hosted each fall, a monetary award, and--premiering in 2016--"The Bessie."

We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsors who make this program available. 2017-18 Sponsors

2018 Winners

We announced the 2018 winners with onsite stops at their schools l during the last week of August 2018. Watch a short video of our surprise visits here and more on Facebook .

  • Phillip Carlock, "Stephens Elementary Financial Lit. Program," Little Rock School District
  • Melanie Adams, Amy Braswell, Jillane Johnson, Elizabeth McMichael and Rachel Racop, It Takes a Village to Build a New Country," Little Rock School District
  • Larisha Nelson, "S.A.W. (Students at Work)," Pulaski County Special School District
  • Jennifer Malugen, "Economics and the Three Little. . . ," Springdale School District
  • Michele Jackson, "Make it Personal! Inspiring Teens to Embrace Personal Finance Responsibility," Siloam Springs School District
  • Tracy Floyd, Rhaechel Hendricks and Kristina Thrift, "Economics Comes Naturally in the Natural State," Fort Smith School District 
  • Jessica Culver, "Yoganomics: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Econ!" Ozark School District
  • Susie Thompson, "Satisfaction Guaranteed! (Or is it?) Globalization, Trade and World Economics, Little Rock Christian Academy

Gala Luncheon Nov. 7, 2018

The winners were celebrated at a gala luncheon Nov. 7, 2018, at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. 

Gina Radke, CEO of Galley Support Innovations of North Little Rock, delivered the keynote address.

Event Photos  |   News Release 

Moore 2017 Awards Winner

The 2018 BBM winners with EA Associate Director Marsha Masters top row, left.

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