Local EAST program wins $35,100 grant

   

Local EAST program wins $35,100 grant
8/12/2013 2:32:36 PM

EAST Classroom of the Eureka Springs High School was awarded a $35,100 grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Eureka Springs EAST Classroom will share the grant with the EAST Classrooms of Alpena, Fayetteville and St. Joe.

 

The EAST Lab of the Eureka Springs High School was awarded a $35,100 grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to enable the EAST Lab students, in collaboration with 3 other EAST Labs, to complete a comprehensive emergency evacuation landing zone mapping project for 4 Northwest Arkansas counties.

 

The Eureka Springs EAST Lab will share the grant with the EAST Labs of Alpena, Fayetteville and St. Joe to a) identify and map landing zones for Boone, Carroll, Searcy and Washington counties; b) create a centralized landing zone database that can be accessed by emergency services personnel and residents; c) assist financially distressed EAST Labs; and, d) upgrade older EAST Labs. "Major benefits of this project are EAST students from different towns working together and further expanding the concepts of "we", cooperative learning, tolerance and project management while serving their respective communities," said EAST Lab facilitator Mila Lynne Powell.

The "Major benefits of this project are EAST students from different towns working together and further expanding the concepts of "we", cooperative learning, tolerance and project management while serving their respective communities," said EAST Lab facilitator Mila Lynne Powell.

The technologies that the students will use include Global Positioning System and Geographical Information System, Visual Basic programming, Animation, Virtual Reality, Video Production, and Dream Weaver website design software. In addition to the Distant Learning equipment the EAST students are using to communicate with each other, the EAST Labs will have monthly mini-conferences at their schools. These will allow the students to have face-to-face interaction during the project's data consolidation and analysis. The mini-conferences will also be used as training sessions for students to demonstrate and share their respective technology proficiencies.

"We are pleased that our EAST Lab continues to find ways to serve our community. We are also grateful to the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation for giving the four EAST Labs the opportunity to support each other in a worthwhile project," said High School Principal David Childers. "The grant will raise the academic and personal standards for all our students."

EAST is a unique high school class that emphasizes using advanced technology applications to solve community service projects. In the process of solving community problems, EAST students learn to become creative, intuitive, adaptable learners who can solve unpredictable, real-world problems.

In 1974 the Trustees of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller's Estate endowed the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to continue the work of The Rockwin Fund. Governor Rockefeller set up The Rockwin Fund in 1954 and, on an annual basis from 1956 until his death in 1973, funded projects and programs he believed were important to improving the quality of life in Arkansas.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans by funding programs and projects that improve education; economic development; and economic, racial and social justice. During the past 28 years the Foundation has awarded over $70 million in grants. Additional information about the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation can be found on its website, http://www.wrfoundation.org .

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