EAST is a nonprofit organization that gives students the chance to be creative and independent; letting you use technology that promotes problem-solving, higher order thinking, and collaboration.
Beginning in 1996, former law-enforcement officer Tim Stephenson was a new teacher in Greenbrier, Arkansas. When he was tasked to work with a classroom filled with “at risk” students, he searched for a way to interest them. After finding out that the students were proud of building a bridge for a local creek , he wanted to create more projects. To engage these students further, Tim created EAST. EAST stands for Environmental And Spatial Technology and has been approved in over 200 schools in five states ( Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania).
EAST in Mountain Home
Mountain Home Public Schools initiated its first EAST program in Mountain Home High School in 2012. At this time Ms. Glenda Small was the facilitator. After the effectiveness of the program was proven, a program at Pinkston Middle School was started the following year. In 2014, Mountain Home Junior High started their EAST program. Ms. Jackie Meissner, the current High School EAST facilitator, was appointed in 2013. Ever since the program's start, students have produced quality projects that make an impact on the school and community. Some of the most successful projects were showcased at EAST conference in 2013.
the 410 Thrift Store, a thrift store for underprivileged students located in the high school
"Sticks and Stones", an anti-bullying video
the Fitness Trail, an outdoor fitness area for athletes and the public