KTHV, Channel 11 and the EAST Initiative Team

   

KTHV, Channel 11 and the EAST Initiative Team
8/9/2013 3:38:23 PM

The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org) and Today’s THV, Channel 11 (www.TodaysTHV.com) today announced a joint effort that will enhance the community and economic development efforts of schools throughout the State of Arkansas. As part of the new endeavor, approximately 13,000 students from 170 schools throughout the state of Arkansas (see a

 

           The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org) and Today’s THV, Channel 11 (www.TodaysTHV.com) today announced a joint effort that will enhance the community and economic development efforts of schools throughout the State of Arkansas.  As part of the new endeavor, approximately 13,000 students from 170 schools throughout the state of Arkansas (see attached list of schools) will have the opportunity to become part of the on-air and online community journalism initiatives recently launched by the Little Rock-based television station.

          “I’ve been a huge fan of EAST for more than a decade now,” said Craig O’Neill, Community Journalism Director.  “Including the EAST schools in the production and distribution of community news and information is a slam dunk.  These students are doing amazing stuff for their communities.  They are building underwater robots to explore the Arkansas River, mapping emergency routes for first responders, producing documentary films and designing new parks where people can come together as a community.  Our plan is to give them a forum to tell their story in their own words.”Founded in Greenbrier, Arkansas in 1996, the EAST Initiative is an educational 501(c)3 focused on motivating students to take control of their own learning by delivering tangible community development and economic development results using the latest technologies. As part of their regular school schedule, EAST students work together to address the problems facing their communities.“The solutions to these problems don't come from memorized facts or lecture notes, but through creatively applying knowledge obtained from life and traditional classes, problem solving, team work, and diligence,” said Matt Dozier, EAST Initiative President and Chief Executive Officer.   “I am excited about and appreciative of the opportunity that Today’s THV is providing to EAST students.  I have no doubt that in the weeks and months to come, Arkansans will join me in being amazed and inspired by the leadership, caring, teamwork and just flat out brilliance of our students.”Starting Monday, September 8th, students from throughout the EAST program’s 170 schools across the country will have the opportunity to take part in community forums, submit blogs and submit video specifically addressing the student-led community projects and hosted by Today’s THV (www.todaysthv.com).For more information on the EAST Initiative, to learn more about how EAST can benefit your community or to make a donation of support to sustain the growth and development of this educational program, readers can visit www.EASTinitiative.org or call Amy Glover Bryant at 501.371.5016.

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