EAST Receives $60,000 Grant From Walmart


EAST Receives $60,000 Grant From Walmart
12/23/2013 11:44:52 AM

Walmart awards grant to assist EAST in continuing to develop projects to address health and wellness issues.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Walmart recently awarded the EAST Initiative, a national education non-profit organization, with a $60,000 grant to continue developing projects to address health and wellness issues, especially relating to hunger in northwest Arkansas. The sophistication of the projects allows students to engage in a social issue to solve real world problems. Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) classrooms challenge students to identify community needs and work together to meet those needs by utilizing innovative technology.

EAST students actively collaborate with community partners to identify gaps in resources. EAST is partnering with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement as part of the National Service Project focusing on health and wellness. Examples of projects supported by this grant to fight hunger include aeroponic, aquaponic and hydroponic greenhouses and community gardens to supply fresh food to local cafeterias.

"We are so appreciative of the continued support we receive from Walmart,” said Angela Kremers, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at EAST. “This will allow EAST to serve as a catalyst for youth to take action through student-driven solutions."

A study completed at the University of Central Arkansas found that EAST students complete over 1.5 million service hours each year with an economic impact of over $15 million. "Students are empowered to expand and explore projects and partnerships for lasting change in their community," said Matt Dozier, EAST President and CEO, “and this award will allow EAST students to address one of the most critical issues facing our communities, hunger.”

About the EAST Initiative

EAST is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and gain valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania). For more information about the EAST Initiative, visit www.EASTinitiative.org.


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