Dardanelle High School EAST Lab students receive a mini grant award from We

   

Dardanelle High School EAST Lab students receive a mini grant award from We
8/12/2013 4:32:41 PM

DHS EAST students received a $500 mini grant award from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation for their project entitled Global Warming: We Are in Charge! The Dardanelle students developed the idea from a lesson in their environmental science class taught by Jeff Woods, high school science teacher.

 

DHS EAST students received a $500 mini grant award from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation for their project entitled Global Warming: We Are in Charge! The Dardanelle students developed the idea from a lesson in their environmental science class taught by Jeff Woods, high school science teacher. The project involves creating lesson plans, 3-D animation movies and purchasing software as an interactive classroom activity to help high school students understand the effects of global warming. These lessons will be used in Mr. Woods' environmental classes. Colleen Coffman, Aaron Arizmendi, Vanessa Carreno, and Daniel Rivera represent the EAST project team in the EAST Lab. Sandy Williams, EAST Lab facilitator, received the award on behalf of the students at an awards luncheon on January 24th in Little Rock.

The additional teachers receiving the grant award are:
Nancy Lowery, Bates Elementary in Little Rock
Debra West, Central Elementary Math & Science Magnet in Batesville
Beth Jackson, De Queen Elementary in De Queen
Verna Boxnick, Dover Middle School in Dover
Karen Norton, Eastside Elementary in Warren
Tim Booth, SUCCESS Achievement Academy in Jonesboro
Sue Sanders, Kingsland Elementary in Rison
Allan Geery, Norfolk Elementary in Norfolk
Chris Horne, Otter Creek Elementary in Little Rock
Laura Woodall, Sheridan Intermediate in Sheridan
Dr. Patrycia Krakowiak, ASMSA in Hot Springs
Tina Manning, Bryant High in Bryant
Dwight Daugherty, Cabot High in Cabot
Dennis Thurman, Drew Central High in Monticello
Virginia Brandt, McNair Middle in Fayetteville
Jerri Emrick, Ozark Junior High in Ozark
Angela Burton, Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High in Little Rock
Lora Hendrix, Russellville High in Russellville
Philip Collins, Star City High in Star City

In EAST, students are encouraged to use high-end technologies to solve community problems. 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 Dardanelle High School EAST Lab became a course offering in 2002.

The Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF) administers the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. Ten elementary and ten secondary teachers in Arkansas public schools claimed a total of $10,000 in the $500 mini grants. The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is a non-profit organization funded from the earnings of Weyerhaeuser Company. The international forest products firm manages more than 700,000 acres of commercial timberland in Arkansas and has operations or offices in Russellville, Magnolia, Dierks, De Queen, Emerson, Fort Smith, and Hot Springs. The mission of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence, and to increase understanding of the importance and sustainability of forests and the products they provide to meet people's needs. The company was incorporated in 1900 and one of the worlds largest integrated forest products companies. In 2005, sales were $22.6 billion. It has offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; the real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at http:www.weyerhaeuser.com.

The Arkansas Community Foundation was incorporated in 1976 as an independent philanthropic organization serving donors, the non-profit sector, and the communities of Arkansas. The Foundation manages more than 1,000 individual charitable funds and its assets exceed $100 million. As Arkansas' only statewide community foundation, ARCF has dramatically furthered its efforts to build philanthropic resources by developing a network of 25 affiliates. ARCF and the affiliates directly serve 34 counties. One of the state's 10 largest foundations, ARCF has made grants totally more than $45 million during its 30-year history. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its affiliates are fully tax-deductible.

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Pamela Baade, Education and Volunteer Program Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, Sandy Williams, Dardanelle High School EAST Lab Facilitator, Dr. Ken James Commissioner of Education, Arkansas Department of Education, and Pat Lile, President/CEO Arkansas Community Foundation.

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