Centerpoint EAST receives $20,000 Grant

   

8/12/2013 4:31:34 PM

Centerpoint High School EAST Lab instructors Buddy Maxey and Nic Mounts announced recently that the CHS EAST Lab was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Olds Foundation in Amity. The money will be used to update the lab's aging computers and to buy new software for the lab.

Centerpoint High School EAST Lab instructors Buddy Maxey and Nic Mounts announced recently that the CHS EAST Lab was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Olds Foundation in Amity. The money will be used to update the lab's aging computers and to buy new software for the lab.

"The Olds Foundation's generosity will enable us to purchase some much-needed computers," according to Maxey. "We will also purchase several software titles that will enable the kids to work on more advanced projects."

A few of the projects that have already been completed by Centerpoint's EAST students include a Halloween Safety Fair held at Centerpoint Primary School in Glenwood, teacher door signs for parent/teacher conferences, a web-based parent/student handbook, web-based teacher forms for the district's teachers, numerous PowerPoint presentations and posters for teachers, and the beginning of a video project the showcases the city of Glenwood.

"We have been doing basic projects since August simply because we didn't have the tools to do anything too advanced," said Mounts. "Now we will be able to use the lab to its full potential."

Originally founded in 1996 by a Greenbrier High School teacher, EAST is a service-based, student-centered form of learning that is now in its eleventh year of operation. Over 230 schools from seven states participate in the EAST initiative. The annual conference is held in Hot Springs.

"If anyone has an idea for a project, we would love to hear from them," said Mounts. "That's what our purpose is'to serve the community in which we live."

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