March 29, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie School to establish EAST lab

Hoxie students Will Dean (from right) and Zoey Treadaway learn more about what EAST will bring to their school during a conference in Hot Springs earlier this month.

Gretchen Hunt

Hoxie School District has been awarded a grant to establish an EAST lab, which will open new doors in technology for the school and the community.

The school was presented with the grant on March 15 at the EAST Conference in Hot Springs. Those attending were students Zoey Treadaway and Will Dean; teachers Erica Anglin, Matt Rose, Kelly Wright and Keith Westbrook; Donna Pinkston, high school counselor; Kelly Gillham, high school principal; Jennifer Huff, curriculum coordinator; school board members, Wes Gates, Nathan Romine and Jeff Worlow; and Supt. Radius Baker.

Huff said the lab will be able to be used across the curriculum at Hoxie High School, as well as being a benefit to the community.

"With EAST, the teacher is really a facilitator," Huff said. "This is a student-driven environment."

The lab will include technology such as a green screen for video production, drones, virtual reality equipment, 3D printers and GPS technology for plotting.

The lab will be housed in the high school building and will be available to students in seventh through 12th grades.

The EAST initiative is an independent, educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose vision is to see communities strengthened through service and technology.

"This will be project-based learning," Huff said. "The students will be looking to reach out to the community."

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