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Ark. town raises money for students' education

SPARKMAN, Ark. (AP) - Leaders in a southern Arkansas community of about 500 have raised more than $42,000 for a scholarship program that will pay college tuition for the town's high school graduates.

Officials announced Friday they had received $42,088 in donations for the Sparkman Promise. Leaders said last month they could establish the program with $27,000.

Glenda Bordelon told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she and other organizers are astonished by donors' generosity, and that fundraising efforts had just begun.

Arkansas has three programs that pay for all or part of local high school graduates' college education: El Dorado, Arkadelphia and Sparkman.

The El Dorado Promise is funded by Murphy Oil Corp. The Arkadelphia Promise is funded by the Ross Foundation and Southern Bancorp.

Fourteen students are graduating this year from Sparkman High School.

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