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Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:25

Central School’s Outdoor Classroom opening Oct. 16

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After rallying the entire community to support them on its quest to win an outdoor classroom through Majesta’s Trees of Knowledge contest, Central School is finally looking forward to the grand opening of its new facility Oct. 16.

“It is ready for use already, but we are still working on finishing off a few things before the opening date to get those ready for use, as well,” explained Central School Principal Bryan Braun. “The kids are so excited about what they see in the gazebo and some of the sitting areas, and the plantings that have already occurred.”
The project was completed with the help of a dedicated volunteer parent committee. Braun noted at different points throughout the course of the project, as many as 20 volunteer parents were working together to get the job done. The students have also been involved with the entire process.
“I really think they see the value in it as well,” he noted. “It was something that people really got on board with and got behind, and they are anxious to see it through like we are. Our goal was to get the kids involved as much as possible: doing weeding, working the garden, and using the greenhouse to grow plants. We are certainly on our journey towards reaching that goal.”
The classroom will provide students with the opportunity to do some outdoor learning. Already, there have been groups making use of the new space to do writing activities, play time, and even some physical education activities. The garden is also ready to go, but students won’t be able to work on that until the spring.
“We will have students showcasing how it will be utilized at the opening, with several learning stations set up for people to take a look at,” Braun explained. “We really hope the community comes out for this. We’ll have some speeches from Majesta and some other dignitaries, and a ceremonial tree planting, as well. There’s lots of space, so we hope to see a good turnout.”
The patio port and sidewalks were put in place by construction companies, and the gazebo was built by students and the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Since it has been a community project, Braun added the new space is more than just a classroom for students of Central School — it’s a mini-park for the rest of the community to enjoy whenever they can.
“People have been utilizing that space already, and we are so happy to see that,” he said. “We want them to enjoy it, and to also respect it, because there has been a whole lot of work put into this project. People have been so gracious in their support for us. I see people in the street who come up and tell me how much they voted for us every day, so I really encourage people to come out to the opening as a way for us to say ‘thank you’ for that support.”

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