EAST Initiative expands into 14 new schools

   

EAST Initiative expands into 14 new schools
5/7/2014 3:26:35 PM

The EAST Initiative is pleased to announce 14 new schools in Arkansas that will implement the EAST program in the 2014 – 2015 school year, primarily funded by grants through the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –The EAST Initiative is pleased to announce 14 new schools in Arkansas that will implement the EAST program in the 2014 – 2015 school year, primarily funded by grants through the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).

“These are always exciting days at the EAST Initiative, when we have the opportunity to introduce the innovative education model EAST provides to hundreds of new students,” said Matt Dozier, the EAST Initiative President and CEO. “Our partnership with the ADE allows for the expansion of EAST in Arkansas schools to equip students with the latest technology and encourage them to learn creatively with their brilliant minds.”

The EAST program will be implemented in the following schools:

Armorel High School (Armorel School District, Blytheville)
Buffalo Island Central High School (Buffalo Island Central School District, Monette)
Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary School (Batesville School District)
Harrisburg Elementary School (Harrisburg School District)
Harrison Junior High School (Harrison School District)
Hellstern Middle School (Springdale School District)
J.O. Kelly Middle School (Springdale School District)
Lakeside Junior High School (Springdale School District)
Lakeside Middle School (Lakeside School District, Lake Village)
Lakewood Middle School (North Little Rock School District)
Mountain Home Junior High School (Mountain Home School District)
Sonora Middle School (Springdale School District)
Valley View Junior High School (Valley View School District, Jonesboro)
Westside Greers Ferry High School (Westside School District, Greers Ferry)

“We are absolutely thrilled and look forward to the innovative adventures that await our students and community,” said Cathy Spiegel, principal at Harrisburg Elementary School. “I believe it will expand so many opportunities for our students; the possibilities seem endless.”

Harrisburg and Mountain Home School Districts are two of several school districts with EAST programs already offered in other schools within the districts.

“We are happy to connect the dots between our middle school and high school EAST programs to create a continuum in our district,” said Amy Butler, assistant principal at Mountain Home Junior High School. “The EAST program will give our students skills to help them in whatever direction they go, whether it is college or working in the community. We wanted EAST in our junior high to provide the latest technology in our classroom to help prepare our students for real-world experience.”

For more information on implementing the EAST program, contact Phaedra Hawkins at Phaedra@eaststaff.org or 501-371-5023.

About the EAST Initiative

EAST is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and gain valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania). For more information about the EAST Initiative, visit www.EASTinitiative.org.

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