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Viola EAST Lab prepares kits for Haiti

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Camron VanWinkle and Allyson Holmes of the Viola EAST Initiative class prepare hygiene kits for families in Haiti.
Viola High Schoolers participating in the EAST Initiative, an educational program that helps schools, facilitators and students better engage technology education, service learning and individualized educational goals, definitely are a motivated group of individuals.

Just recently, Camron VanWinkle, a ninth grader and a first year EAST student, came up with the idea to put together hygiene kits to help out the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Even more impressive was Camron's idea to not send the kits right away. "It's important to wait a little bit before sending the kits, because many people will begin to run out of the aid they are getting at the very beginning," said VanWinkle.

With the help of the Viola community, Camron's team was able to put together several kits that included such items as toothpaste, deodorant, soap, diapers, combs, shampoo, etc.

The group then teamed up with the Salvation Army in Mountain Home, Ark., who received the donated boxes and will send them to Haiti on the group's behalf.

Coming in May, Viola High School students in the EAST class will be hosting their 4th Annual Techno Teen/Pre-Teen Camp, with the help of the Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative.

The co-op received an EETT Replication Grant and has chosen 50 schools statewide, including Viola, to participate in their "Technology Camps for Kids" project.

Schools across the state will host technology camps this summer with an emphasis on video production, editing and creative productions. This project will create a new hands-on learning environment for all students.

Students chosen to be a part of this project will receive professional training on video and editing equipment in Little Rock, Arkansas. With this training, they will be able to teach younger students about the technology while having a little fun.

Details for Viola's Techno Teen/Pre-Teen Camp will become available in May. The camp will be for all students in 4th grade and up.

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