HSJA Receives EAST Grants

HSJA Receives EAST Grants
Posted on 01/28/2019
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The Hot Springs Junior Academy EAST Program has received two grants to help support student-led projects in the program including an active chicken coop and egg production operation along with the ability to create quality documentaries. A $350 grant through the Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Conservation Education Grant Program will go toward maintaining their chicken coop, which is built at the front of the campus near the community garden area. A $500 Arkansas Online Media Initiative (O.M.I.) Online Media Production Tools Grant is a reimbursement grant provided through a partnership between the Arkansas Department of Education and Ozarks Unlimited Resource Educational Service Cooperative to reimburse the HSJA EAST program for the of purchase of a new portable recorder for live recording and studio-quality sound.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Conservation Education Grant Program is funded by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Arkansas Rural Development Commission, and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services. The EAST program began the chicken coop and egg operation last year through assistance and provisions from the Garland County University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperation Extension office. It remains the only 4H program in the HSSD, and has created opportunity for students to oversee the care of the chickens, the maintenance of their coop and surrounding habitat, and long-term planning for the health of the animals and handling of the eggs. See the full story about their award-winning chickens and early beginnings of the operation, here.

The Arkansas Department of Education, in partnership with the Ozarks Unlimited Resource Educational Service Cooperative, offers Online Media Production Tools Grant to increase the capacity of students and educators to utilize online media content for the enhancement of student-focused education in Arkansas. The $500 grant reimburses the HSJA EAST program for the purchase of a Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System. This deluxe package allows students to create high quality documentaries, podcasts, interviews, and accompany all pieces with studio-quality sound and editing capabilities. Many student projects planned for the spring include the production of documentaries based on interviews from owners and entrepreneurs associated with historic Hot Springs businesses, and those involved with sites of cultural significance including Oaklawn.

The HSJA EAST Program is facilitated by Mrs. Aspen Ham. She has 60 students involved in EAST projects this semester. Learn more about our HSSD Junior Academy, here.

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