EAST Round-up: Quick Hits from EAST programs


EAST Round-up: Quick Hits from EAST programs
8/14/2013 3:07:21 PM

Something new on EASTInitiative.org -- we compile the latest news from a variety of EAST classes and share their successes with you!

West Fork Middle School EAST Wins $25,000 Prize:

West Fork Middle School sent out a plea for assistance in winning a contest for their school here on EASTInitiative.org, and through the help of our readers, facilitators and students, West Fork won a much needed $25,000 for their EAST Program! West Fork Middle School is among the elite eight schools across the nation to win $25,000 and they would like to thank each and every one of you for casting your vote. West Fork knows they could not have accomplished this incredible feat without the help of EASTInitiative.org readers. West Fork Middle School is proud to be part of such a great community that works together toward a common goal.  The next step is to decide just how to spend the $25,000 (which all must go toward technology).  If anyone has suggestions please let West Fork's facilitator Ashley Fulmer know or post on the EAST forums

You may go to schoolswin.windstream.com to see the list of all eight finalists.


Two Rivers EAST Goes "Quail Hunting"

Two Rivers EAST is collaborating with journalism classes and the elementary GT classes on a project entitled “Where Have the Quail Gone?” Two Rivers' EAST students recently held a reception for the classes to get to know each other and discuss the decline in Arkansas' quail population. The Regional Education Coordinator at Arkansas Game and Fish was on hand to answer the student’s questions about this subject. Also at the event were local hunters, nature enthusiasts and other community members. The visitors and students had an engaging discussion about possible reasons for the quail’s dwindling numbers and some potential solutions to help wiwth a plan to assist with the bird population's increase.  Using GIS to track migratory patterns and checking historical weather data is just one way to get a handle on the dwindling numbers of this once local bird population. This meeting was just the first of many that Two Rivers plans on doing and we'll keep you updated on this project right here on EASTInitiative.org.


Dardanelle EAST Students Take the LEAD in Drug Awareness

The reigning Founder's Award winners at Dardanelle High School (DHS) took "Red Ribbon Week" to its limits by founding a teen leadership group called LEAD (Leading & Educating Against Drugs) and produced a video about the hardships that come from drinking alcohol and doing drugs. Dardanelle High's EAST class teamed up with the Dardanelle Police Department, the Yell County Historical Society, River Valley Prevention Coalition, and the DHS SADD Club during this week-long event, doing such activities as holding a poster contest, handing out bracelets that promoted a healthy, non-drinking/drug-free lifestyle and educating other students on the dangers of recreational usage of these drugs and drinks. Great work, Dardanelle!


Don R. Roberts EAST get Pennies for Penguins

EAST loves animals, and Roberts Elementary's EAST class wanted to help the new "Penguin Pointe" exhibit at the Little Rock (AR) Zoo by hosting a fundraiser that would help provide assistance for the exhibit. The EAST Students formed teams and worked on posters, morning announcements, websites and other marketing efforts to alert their friends, other classmates and school faculty that they were hosting a charitable event to help out at the Little Rock Zoo. One of the innovations that the students came up with was holding a "Black and White" day, where all students and teachers dressed in the same colors as penguins, and urged the dropping of coins into a life-size penguin bank. In a little under two weeks, these elementary students raised over $1,000, earning them a visit from a real life penguin!

Roberts Elementary's EAST students eventually earned over $2,700 for Penguin Pointe, earning them a permanent plaque that will forever commemorate their fundraising efforts for the animal habitat.



Dumas High EAST Helps Rebuild Tornado Ravaged Town

Dumas High School EAST students  recently collaborated with Mayor James Berry, The Arbor Day Foundation, and Arkansas Forestry Commission to plant trees in and around Dumas. 

Because of a tornado in 2007, many trees in Dumas were destroyed and the community has been working to replant them.  EAST students agreed that something needed to be done to restore Memorial Park to its pre-tornado look.  They contacted the Dumas Mayor about their concerns and expressed their desires to do something to help.  They learned about the Tree City USA grant which Dumas was applying for.  One of the criteria of the grant is to have a board to oversee the trees.  These EAST students now serve on the board. 

To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program.

It is important to note that they were also designed so that no community would be excluded because of size.

1.      A Tree Board or Department

2.      A Tree Care Ordinance

3.      A Community Forestry Program With an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita

4.      An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

Students Hunter, JC, Luz, Courtland, and Destin planted trees at Memorial Park and Billy Free Park during Dumas Downtown festivities where Mayor Berry read a proclamation announcing the Tree City Grant.   The students are responsible for care of the trees and collecting data and charting the growth.  They will also create a map with the trees’ locations for the board to use. More on this great project as news develops! 


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