H.I.P.S. stands for “hiding in plain sight” and they educate people about the dangers of human trafficking by mapping possible trafficking rings, making a documentary, and are designing one of the first safe houses in Arkansas.
Wooten’s Helping Hands is the food pantry we started at Har-Ber. They have created a scanning system in order to know what food enters and exits the pantry. In just this year, they have grown enough to feed over 300 families.
We have created two animal projects which tackle the issue of euthanasia in shelters in two very different ways. Help Meow(t) chose to approach it from the spaying and neutering aspect, whereas Paws for a Cause works to get animals adopted from shelters.
Composed of a group of students who desire to help others, the Homelessness Project strives to bring people out of homelessness. They are currently working on a documentary to tell the story of the nation's homeless people.
Our project idea is to up-cycle old computers, into working systems for people who aren't fortunate enough to have one. By working with partners in the community and our school district, we will gather E-Waste, specifically old computers and computer parts, and build refurbished computers to give to the less fortunate peoples who would benefit from a computer and teach said people how to use the computers if necessary.
EAST is a student led class, and as such we have a lot of control over our project. We will use this leadership opportunity to work with other EAST projects in our school and school district, as well as people in our community. With our teacher's help we are able to come up with our own schedule, and our own events for the project, making it into something that is truly ours.
This project is important to many in our school, our school district, and our community. Many people in our community are not fortunate enough to afford a computer. In today's world, you need a computer for a lot of things. In many cases you apply for and find jobs online, some of our school work is being moved to online services, teachers communicate with us via email. By giving up-cycled computers to these families and individuals we will help them to succeed in today's digital world
HIPS is intended to educate members of our community on the dangers of human trafficking. They have partnered with the Signature Peace organization and an FBI Special Agent. Earlier in the school year they ran a seminar at our school to educate our students. They are working on designing a special lipstick to tell girls the number for the Human Trafficking Hotline. They are working on a documentary and are helping with the design of one of the first shelters in Arkansas.
Founded serveral years ago by our former SRO, Officer Wooten, Wooten's Helping Hands help students that have food insecurites. They provide a food pantry to any student that needs it, and provide meals to families during the holidays. They have created a scanning system to help organize and inventory the pantry. This year alone they have fed over 300 families.
Dream Green is a compilation of all of our environmental projects. They have grown grass for the Arkansas Razorback Greenway, written a grant for solar panels to power the computers, and mapped where the raised beds will go in our courtyard to grow vegetables and flowers. They organize the upcycling paper and plastic program of Har-Ber through a PTSO grant.
This year's Hour With a Hero was better than ever! One of our very own history teachers, Mr. Foetenopolis, spoke this year making this one of the most impactful events we've ever hosted. All of us here at Har-Ber EAST are looking forwards to a chance to do this again next year.
Our animal projects worked to help solve the feral cat problem in our community and reduce euthanasia rates. Together they created digital profiles for the animals in local shelters to help increase adoption rates. They also worked to get feral cats spayed and neutered so they don't have to be euthanised.
EAST to me, is an opportunity for students to step out of their comfort zone and make an impact in their community on an issue or problem that they feel passionate about. It stands out from any other classes because EAST has real world value.
Victoria Burton - Har-Ber Alumni
EAST is an opportunity to learn real life skills in a friendly oriented environment and gives students the chance to learn and apply new, advanced technologies to solve every day problems in their community.
Hustsornthong Khamsomphou - Har-Ber Alumni
Over all EAST not only will make a difference in the world we live in, but inside of students as well.
Lydia Huck - Har-Ber Alumni
To me EAST is a challenge. EAST is meant to push you to find new ways to solve problems using advanced technology.
Gabby Luney - Har-Ber Senior
In EAST I have learned how to be a leader and a speaker. Before EAST I was the quiet kid who would sit in the back of the class and never talk, but through EAST I have become a student who has spoken at many events without fear or hesitation.
Mariah Peterson - Har-Ber Senior
I, an EAST student, have seen myself exceed at what I thought a seventeen year old could ever do. The professionalism I have obtained, along with integrity, pride, and passion, have taken me far.
Bethanie Ledbetter - Har-Ber Junior
EAST to me is a second home and a place where I can find my creative mind and make something that can hopefully change the lives of not just one but many people in the community.
Luke Gerring - Har-Ber Junior
EAST to me is being so passionate about a community problem that you want to step up and make a change and having the resources right in your hands to create that change.
Melanie Teoh - Har-Ber Sophomore