EAST (Education Accelerated by Service Technology) is a program in which students are challenged to find a problem in their community and solve it through the use of technology. Since its introduction to Arkansas in 1996, it has continued to influence and benefit the community. The influence of the program spans from Arkansas all the way to Iowa.
On February 26, 2019, the city of Hope, Arkansas had its EAST Night Out Program. But what exactly is EAST Night Out? EAST Night Out is an opportunity for the public to experience students collaborating to make a difference in their communities through the use of service projects. The program featured all three EAST programs within the Hope School District for the first time.
The featured EAST programs were the Hope Academy of Public, Henry C. Yerger Middle School, and the Hope High School. Over one-hundred people came to the event, a majority of them being EAST program’s community partners.
“EAST is an opportunity for change in the community. It challenges students to find a problem in their community and develop ways to solve a problem through the use of technology,” said EAST student Hunter Mathis. “EAST Night Out was a huge success as for the first time ever, all three of our district’s programs came together to display our accomplishments. To see the community in awe of our achievements, in my opinion, that is what makes this program worthwhile.”