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Students help build outdoor classroom
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Students and parents help break ground during a construction help day in December for the school's first outdoor classroom. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
A fragrant confederate jasmine vine will lace a fence, replacing the four walls of the traditional classroom, when students at Lewis Frasier Middle School finish their outdoor classroom next year.
From the ground up, students have pitched in to help build the outdoor learning center under the direction of Mike Crosby.
"The kids really seem to enjoy the outdoor setting and it also is an excellent motivational strategy for science work," the sixth grade science teacher said.
Supplies for the project have come through the support of parents and donations from local businesses.
"I have been very pleased with the response of our parents and students," Crosby said. "They have supported our efforts with coming out to the classroom and lending a helping hand on two Saturday afternoons already."
Chemtall in Riceboro recently donated and built a greenhouse.
And picnic tables were chosen over the traditional chair and desk for students to work and learn at.
When complete, the classroom will also have a reptilian habitat, a vegetable garden and a compost pile where students will learn how to manufacture humus.
Students will also construct a park bench and memorial plaque to dedicate to a former teacher who died last month from cancer.
Through the project, Crosby explained he is hoping to "instill a greater love for science and the environment, as well as giving more students the opportunity to appreciate their role as a member of society in keeping and preserving our natural resources."
Crosby said more donations could speed the project's completion.
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