Har-Ber EAST Sophomores Visit Washington, DC

   

Har-Ber EAST Sophomores Visit Washington, DC
5/28/2014 12:55:29 PM

Project Ignition, a driving safety project of Springdale Har-Ber High School’s EAST program, earned a trip to Washington D.C. for the National Service Learning Conference this past April.

By Rick Schaeffer
Springdale School District

Project Ignition, a driving safety project of Springdale Har-Ber High School’s EAST program, earned a trip to Washington D.C. for EAST sophomores Taylor Fernandez, Gabby Luney and Madison McAnally and their instructor, Debbie Lamb, for the National Service Learning Conference this past April.

 

Nearly 1,500 young people and adults participated in workshops, plenaries, showcases and networking at the four-day event.  The Har-Ber attendees facilitated a breakout session, worked a booth and participated in a day of service in the nation’s capital.

 

"Our students did a great job," said Lamb. "For their project they interviewed several people about texting while driving and worked with the AT&T driving simulator. We were selected as one of the top 10 projects and earned a $5,000 grant to pay for the trip."

 

"We got to meet people from around the world and learned about their work," said Luney. "We heard a lot about water quality and how we pollute it."

Fernandez added, "It was cool because most of the people there had never heard of EAST. Most of the students belonged to clubs that started their own service learning projects. They were fascinated by what we did. We had advance technology. Many of them had to secure their own resources."

 

Lamb said, "It was great to see our students interact with other people. For the day of service, there was a booth set up in front of the Lincoln Memorial and students picked up trash. There were 20 or 30 booths in the mall area."

 

"We got to meet the CEO of the National Youth Leadership and the Secretary of Transportation," said Fernandez. "And, we picked up lots of ideas for projects."

All the students enjoyed their visit to the Smithsonian. They saw the U.S. History and Air and Space Museums among other sights.

 

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Luney. "I had never been to a large city before. I loved just walking around. I loved riding on the Metro. It was easy to navigate. I hope we can go back again next year."

 

 

 

 

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