Eureka EAST Receives Grant for Disaster Preparedness Project

   

8/12/2013 2:50:05 PM

Eureka High School's award winning EAST program has received one of ten nationwide grants to help schools prepare for disasters. The "Youth Ready to Respond" grant, awarded by the Points of Light Foundation, is part of the Learn and Serve America Homeland Security Initiative and funded by the Corporation for National and Communit

 Eureka, California's EAST Classrooms to Share Disaster Preparedness with Nation's Schools

EUREKA— Eureka High School's award winning EAST Lab has received one of ten nationwide grants to help schools prepare for disasters. The "Youth Ready to Respond" grant, awarded by the Points of Light Foundation, is part of the Learn and Serve America Homeland Security Initiative and
funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Lab will work in partnership with Eureka's Volunteer Center of the Redwoods (VCOR). The $25,000 grant will be split between the EAST Lab and VCOR.

According to EAST co-facilitator Jennifer Johnson, "Students will focus on disaster preparedness and creating models that can be replicated across the country by other youth." Eureka students will include the EAST Lab's successful Safety First project in their presentation.

Partnerships with the community are an integral part of the EAST program. "Working with VCOR, our students will assist the local American Red Cross with mapping identified shelter locations using ARCView Geographic Information System software," noted Johnson.

Students will also develop activities and presentations for Eureka elementary school students, host a conference focused on disaster preparedness, and prepare laminated cards with  mergency preparation instructions and emergency contact information for each Eureka City Schools' site.

EAST students and VCOR will also work with VOAD/Citizens Corps Council, a local group of trained disaster preparedness workers. The grant is funded for one year and is renewable for a second year based on performance.

Earlier this year, EAST students returned from EAST's national conference in Arkansas with the Founders Award and Best Web Site Award. The students submitted a large portfolio with evidence detailing the program's projects over the past three years. Only two schools out of 212 were  elected for the Founders Award, the top award an EAST Lab can receive.

For more information contact Jennifer Johnson at 476-1632 or Pam Zeutenhorst at the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods at 442-3711.

For more information on Eureka High School's EAST Lab and a complete list of student projects visit their award-winning Web page at: www.eurekacityschools.org/ehs/east/home.

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