EAST Students Honored with Youth Heroes Award from American Red Cross

   

EAST Students Honored with Youth Heroes Award from American Red Cross
8/14/2013 3:36:15 PM

Cedarville High, Berryville High, Springdale High and Har-Ber High students and facilitators completed a Four School Consortium Grant opportunity. Together they worked on a project to create maps, virtual reality tours and to take photos that would make identifying potential shelter locations easier for volunteers and staff members. From their wo

Berryville, Cedarville, Har-Ber and Springdale High EAST Students were Honored with Youth Heroes Award from American Red Cross for work on After Hours Consortium Grant 

Press Release: Cedarville High, Berryville High, Springdale High and Har-Ber High students and facilitators completed a Four School Consortium Grant opportunity.  From their work, the four schools were awarded the Youth Hero Award from American Red Cross.   

(Springdale, AR. May 31, 2011) Cedarville, Berryville, Springdale and Har-Ber High received a four school After Hours Consortium Grant during the 2010-11 school year.  Since then, six or more students from each of these four schools have worked together to complete the grant project requirements. The project was funded by the Enhancing Education Through Technology made possible by the Arkansas Department of Education and was done in cooperation with the Southeast Educational Service Cooperative and the EAST Initiative.

Cedarville High, Berryville High, Springdale High and Har-Ber High students and facilitators took on the project to assist the Northwest Arkansas American Red Cross.  The groups worked closely with Jeff Patrick, Education coordinator of the NWA Red Cross Robin Gregory from CAST (Center of Advance Spatial Technology) at the U of A in Fayetteville, and Scott Jochim of Digital Frontier from Arizona in  a project to create maps, virtual reality tours and to take photos that would make identifying potential shelter locations easier for volunteers and staff members. Presently, they are in the process of gathering all materials to submit for fulfillment of the four school consortium grant.  T he project assists the NWA Red Cross when dealing with disasters throughout the eighteen northern counties of Arkansas that they represent. In addition EAST students created videos and graphic art materials such as posters, flyers and brochures that will also assist the NW Red Cross in getting volunteers as well as educating the public about various programs that are offered through the NWA Red Cross organization. 

In order to assist the group with the project, the facilitators applied for and received advance training on mapping and virtual reality.  They conducted the training at Har-Ber on January 11th. Since that time, the schools EAST programs have been working after school hours on this project by visiting potential shelter sites to create Virtual Tours, gathering pictures as well as creating commercials and graphic art materials. In order to converse between schools and their community partners, the students communicated through Skype conferences, phone calls, texting and email. 

Several times throughout the project the four schools gathered together in person to check on progress and prepare for the community press gathering held at Springdale High School in the evening of May 5th.  The student’s professional presentation shared with the audience specific information about the project. Afterwards the materials were presented to the NWA Red Cross staff.   Several school officials, parents, community members and EAST visitors were on hand for the community press event. 

After the presentation, EAST students were surprised with the announcement that they had been nominated and received the Red Cross Youth Heroes Award. The Red Cross awards five Real Heroes Awards: Spirit of the Red Cross, Youth Heroes, Military Hero, Lifesaving Hero, and Neighbor to Neighbor.  Students from the four schools: Berryville, Cedarville, Har-Ber and Springdale High were awarded the Youth Heroes Award this year for their work on the NWA Red Cross Project. 

The NWA Red Cross organization hosted a Celebration of Heroes on May 21st at the Bentonville Plaza where the EAST Initiative Project was recognized.  This award honors the youth who go above and beyond to serve the community.  The goal of the project was to provide services to the Red Cross which would expedite services to disaster victims and also provide promotional materials to bring awareness to the Northwest Arkansas Chapter.   The students were thrilled to receive the award.  More importantly, the EAST students were so glad that they could provide assistance that would be of such benefit in helping the NWA Red Cross meet the needs of citizens in their local communities when disasters such as the recent outbreak of tornadoes and floods occur.   

ABOUT HAR-BER HIGH EAST:
This school year marks Har-Ber EAST program’s sixth year in existence. The program has received a Superior rating for the past five years. Additionally, the Har-Ber Program was the recipient of the Founder’s Award during the 2010 EAST Conference held in Hot Springs, March 3rd-5th.  Har-Ber EAST program was also recognized as one of four “school of excellence” award schools during the 2009 EAST conference. The three day EAST conference brings in more than 180 EAST programs and close to 2,000 students from around the nation for a three day celebration of student achievement. The Har-Ber EAST students use the advance technology in the class to benefit their community and world. EAST schools are equipped with classrooms containing state-of-the-art workstations, servers, software, 3D animation suites, and much more. The EAST students focus on problem solving, team work, collaboration while using the advance technology to accomplish their goals.

ABOUT EAST:
The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiaive.org) is an educational non-profit that works with approximately 180 classrooms in schools and institutions in 8 states across the country to implement local EAST programs. The program engages students in sophisticated service-learning projects that involve teamwork, cutting-edge technology and changing the world.

The EAST Initiative has a thirteen-year track record of helping schools, facilitators, and students better engage technology education, service learning, and individualized educational goals in a program that has been named a model program by the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Labor. EAST is a registered trademark of Environmental and Spatial Technology, Inc.

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Contact:
Debra L. Lamb, EAST Facilitator
Har-Ber High School
300 Jones Rd
Springdale, AR 72762
479-750-8777 EXT.2034
dlamb@sdale.org

 

 

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