EAST Invests in Learning and Service Beyond the Normal School Day

   

EAST Invests in Learning and Service Beyond the Normal School Day
8/6/2013 3:35:35 PM

Twelve EAST programs were awarded funding by the EAST Initiative for educational STEM projects that will serve their communities beyond the normal school day this summer and fall.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Twelve EAST programs were awarded funding by the EAST Initiative for educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) projects that will serve their communities beyond the normal school day this summer and fall. The EAST “Beyond the Bell” grant distributed more than $90,000 to the schools for service learning projects. These projects create an engaging environment for students, utilizing technology to support the math and science curriculum. “The EAST Initiative is proud to be able to support and encourage service projects that enable students to continue their learning when others are taking a break,” said CEO/President Matt Dozier. “These projects clearly demonstrate the capacity of EAST students to use sophisticated tools to make a difference in their local communities.”

This type of grant funding fills a critical gap in providing unique learning opportunities. "EAST students take on real-world projects that cannot be completed inside a normal classroom, and they often continue to work on these projects outside the normal school day,” explained EAST program coordinator Erica Riley. “So, EAST Beyond the Bell grants provide opportunities for students to have these types of learning experiences that would not otherwise be possible.  It is very rewarding to see that students' EAST projects are such a high priority that they are willing to spend their own time working on them." Eleven programs in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma received this grant. These schools include: Harrisburg Middle School, Harrison Middle School, Hot Springs High School, Huntsville High School, Kiamichi Technology Center, Mt. Vernon-Enola High School, Prairie Grove Middle School, Searcy High School, Sonora Elementary School (Springdale), Stuttgart High School, Valley View High School and Westwood Elementary (Springdale).

The projects range from technology camps for the community, a water quality documentary, community gardens, a disaster response planning project, a weather station and more! These projects will take place this summer and fall. For more information about each project, please visit: http://bit.ly/1atX18b. For more information about the EAST Initiative, please visit: http://www.eastinitiative.org/.

About the EAST Initiative

EAST is an educational model that provides innovative ways of learning for modern students, emphasizing student-driven service projects accomplished through the use of the latest in technology. A 2010 study of the impact of the EAST model revealed that EAST students contribute 1.5 million service hours annually in Arkansas, with an economic impact of $15 million.

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