Eureka Springs EAST Receives Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation Grant

   

Eureka Springs EAST Receives Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation Grant
8/12/2013 3:08:01 PM

The Eureka Spring High School EAST Lab received a $1,000 grant from the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation (NWACF) to upgrade EAST Lab equipment and to start a fund for a Carroll County Technology Center.

 

The Eureka Spring High School EAST Lab received a $1,000 grant from the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation (NWACF) to upgrade EAST Lab equipment and to start a fund for a Carroll County Technology Center.

The EAST Lab was one of 56 awardees that received grants made possible through personal donations from board members and friends of the foundation to its unrestricted grant fund.

EAST students Anna Lewis, Callie Smith and Jessica Standley and EAST facilitator Mila Powell attended NWACF's Grantee Reception where they met with NWACF Board Members and staff, as well as the other grant awardees. As Grant Committee Chair Virginia Mocivnik said at the reception, "It is never easy deciding which nonprofit organization is more deserving of a grant. The bottom line is that all were worthy and our committee had to make some difficult decisions in reviewing those applications."

The EAST Lab was established in 1999 and still has most of its original equipment. The NWACF grant would upgrade Lab software and hardware equipment that would enable EAST students to continue with their community projects. EAST students' various community projects include 911 mapping, mapping emergency evacuation landing zones, maps for the City of Eureka Springs (the Historic District, Harmon Park and the city's 307 fire hydrants), and mapping the city's historic cemetery.

The EAST Lab will use the remainder of the grant towards the establishment of a Technology Center for the residents of Carroll County. EAST students, with support from the Eureka Springs School District, will be working with the City of Eureka Springs, the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, high school teachers, local organizations and professionals, and retired executives, to establish a Technology Center that would be free and open to residents of Carroll County.

Donations are being accepted by the EAST Lab.

EAST is a unique high school class that emphasizes using advanced technology applications to solve community service projects. In the process of solving community problems, EAST students learn to become creative, intuitive, adaptable learners who can solve unpredictable, real-world problems.

Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation was founded in 1999 and serves Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties. The unrestricted fund can make grants in six key areas including arts and culture, education, environment and animal welfare, health, human services and public society benefit. 2004 applications were accepted for capacity building, equipment purchases, fundraising events, professional development and seed money for special projects.

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