$81,000.00 in Funding Coming To 13 Arkansas Schools, Communities

   

8/9/2013 3:17:25 PM

The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org), in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Education, today announced the recipients of the 2009 EAST Integration and Community Enhancement Project Grants.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (May 7, 2009) - The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org), in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Education, today announced the recipients of the 2009 EAST Integration and Community Enhancement Project Grants.  The EAST Integration and Community Enhancement Project (EICP) program leverages EAST Program capabilities with community needs outside of the traditional school day.  

The EAST Initiative is an educational model that is engaging students in sophisticated service-learning projects that involve relevant teamwork and cutting-edge technology.  The program is providing more than 13,000 Arkansas students in more than 170 schools with real-world experience through the management and resolution of real-world problems.  EAST was founded 13 years ago in Greenbrier, Arkansas.  

“The EICP program is a wonderful extension of the non-traditional learning opportunities that the EAST program offers more than 13,000 Arkansas students throughout the school year,” said Matt Dozier, EAST President and Chief Executive Officer.  “The students spend up to six weeks of their summer focusing on a project within their community, honing their problem-solving skills and sharpening other skills such as leadership, teamwork, marketing and their understanding of technology.  It’s almost like getting a full year of EAST crunched in to a smaller time frame and serves as a tremendous launching pad for larger projects and the students’ ongoing relationship with their communities.” 

The EAST programs and the community projects receiving a combined total $81,293.00 in funding include: Brinkley High School  for the   Brinkley EAST Ecotourism Project; Dardanelle High School for the  Holla Bend Wildlife Refuge & Dardanelle Community GIS/GPS Project; Alpena/Eureka Springs/HarBer High Schools for the State Park Environmental Awareness & Information Campaign; HarBer High School for the Shiloh Museum Teen Awareness & Involvement Marketing Campaign; Jessieville High School  for the  "Giving Back"  to Shiloh Cemetary & Following the Trail;  Lonoke Schools for the Railroad Prairie Documentary and Native Species Preservation; Marshall High School  for the Mapping and Touring our History; Monticello High School  for the EAST Enrichment Camp; Monticello High School for the The Monticello Mac Training and Exploration Adventure; Mountain Pine High School for the Bird Island Case Study; Pottsville High School for the  Flip Video and Interwrite Staff Training; Wonderview High School  for the  Renew the View/ Nature Trail and Outdoor Classroom.

 “The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to be supporting the work of these schools and their communities,” said Jim Boardman, Assistant Commissioner, Research and Technology, Arkansas Department of Education.  “The time they will spend on these projects will be an invaluable gift to not only their communities but also to the furtherance of their educations and preparation for entrance in to tomorrow’s workforce.  That’s one of the many reasons the Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to continue its support of the EICP program and EAST.” 

About the EAST Initiative

The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org)  is an educational non-profit that works with schools and institutions across the country to implement local EAST programs. The EAST Initiative has a thirteen-year track record of helping schools, facilitators, and students better engage technology education, service learning, and individualized educational goals in a program that has been named a model program by the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Labor. For more information about EAST contact Amy Glover Bryant, APR at 501-371-5034 or Amy@EASTproject.org. You can also visit the EAST website at www.EASTinitiative.org.    

 

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