EAST Holds Open House

Superintendent Max Dyson and Principal Donald Rosen viewed the work of Stephanie Craig on EAST open house night.

Hamburg High School's EAST class celebrated its annual EAST Night event October 6. EAST Night is an annual event that informs people in the community about EAST and allows them to give new project ideas.

The EAST students that participated in the event presented the projects they finished last year. These students were Stephanie Craig, Jonathan Carraway, Caitlin O'Neal, Laquandra Childress, and Chasity Childress.

Craig explained how she finished the school district video and folder for EAST. Carraway displayed the commercial he created for the HHS news and for public service. O'Neal elaborated on how she and her EAST group of last year helped clear out the trash and repair the fence in the Levi Wilcoxon rest area. Laquandra Childress talked about her experience with helping this summer during EAST camp, and Chasity Childress explained what she learned from the computer program Virtual Reality. Chris Tharpe and Shakiara Childress are also students in the EAST class that attended the event.

The students and Gathings felt the event was a success. Chasity Childress felt it was great to let others learn of her projects. She stated, "It was good to teach others what we've learned." Gathings, who felt hopeful about the event, stated, "EAST Night this year was not as well attended as I would have hoped, but there were several conflicts with this event that the EAST Initiative had set up for us. Hopefully we can have another open house at the end of the school year to thank all those people in the community who will be helping us with our upcoming projects."

Gathings is excited about the number of students enrolled in her classes this year. "We have a record number of EAST students this year (81) and have just started on around 30 projects, so it should be an exciting year."

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