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he EAST Initiative will be adding 16 new schools through grant funding for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. These schools represent recipients of grants from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), as well as programs established by a grant award from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) in partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Office of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “It is always exciting to welcome new members to the EAST family,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative. “This year’s class of new additions represents a tremendous diversity of talent and opportunity, with a broad range of students who will no doubt teach us as much as we teach them. We are taking EAST to places it has never been before, and we can’t wait to find out how these amazing young people will apply the cutting-edge technology we provide to serving and improving their local communities.” EAST began as an idea launched by a single teacher in a single classroom at Greenbrier High School in 1996. It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2001 and with these new additions — and potential developments over the summer — is expected to reach approximately 250 classrooms in five states at the outset of the new school year. The mission of the EAST Initiative is to provide all learners the opportunity to have relevant, individualized, life-changing educational experiences. For more information on EAST programs, visit


These schools are: The Arkansas School for the Blind (Little Rock) Barton High School* Cedar Ridge Elementary (Newark) eStem Junior High School (Little Rock) Goodwill Excel School (Little Rock) Gosnell Elementary School* Hamburg Middle School* Hope Academy of Public Service Hoxie High School Huntsville Intermediate School McCrory High School Nettleton Middle School Shaw Elementary School (Springdale) Southside High School (Bee Branch) White Hall Middle School Williams Elementary School (Farmington)

*Denotes DRA grant recipients



Spring 2017 EQ  

The quarterly magazine of the EAST Initiative.

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