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MEDIA ADVISORY: Springdale Public Schools to Celebrate MIND Research Institute Gift Supporting George Elementary’s Playground Expansion

Springdale, Ark., Aug. 30, 2022 - Education and community leaders will gather to celebrate a gift from MIND Research Institute, creators of ST Math, to expand George Elementary School’s playground. Guests will partake in a school assembly and check presentation where students and school officials will be delighted with a visit from JiJi the ST Math penguin.

The $1,000 gift from MIND Research Institute comes from an organization initiative called the Paco Bazaar. Each year, MIND artists and designers create limited edition and one-of-a-kind art pieces to raise money for school projects. In May 2022, these pieces were sold during an organization-wide conference, allowing MIND colleagues to participate in the fundraising effort.

WHEN: Friday, September 2, 2022, at 1:45 pm CDT

WHERE: George Elementary School, 2878 South Powell Street, Springdale, AR 72764


  • Melissa Fink, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, Pre-K to 7th Grade, Springdale Public Schools
  • Justin Swope, Principal, George Elementary School
  • Damon Neiser, Regional Vice President of Partnerships, MIND Research Institute
  • Melissa Galban, Education Success Manager, MIND Research Institute

About Springdale Public Schools
Springdale Public Schools is the largest school district in Arkansas with 31 campuses in Washington County and an enrollment of approximately 23,000 students in pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Visit for more information.

About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social impact organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND is the creator of ST Math®, a PreK-8 visual instructional program that leverages the brain's innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems. ST Math’s unique, patented approach provides students with equitable access to learning through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and informative feedback. Visit

Trent Jones
Springdale Public Schools
Communications Director


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