Bringing the Classroom Outdoors

Mount Pleasant Middle School has received a $5,000 grant to establish a Garden Lab and Student Center adjacent to its butterfly garden and hummingbird habitat. The middle school was among 1,000 schools and parent organizations to receive a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant in 2007-08, given to school improvement projects.

The outdoor classroom, which will consist of a patio, outdoor tables and seating to accommodate about 30 students, will be in the shade of three large trees adjacent to the garden. Principal Sam Treadaway said the project would be of great value to students as they study the natural world.


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The middle school received a $1,000 grant last spring from N.C. Beautiful to establish the hummingbird habitat and butterfly garden so students could gain a sense of environmental awareness. “When it’s warm, it’s quite pleasant out there,” said Don Smith, the teacher who wrote the grant. “It’s just a good place a teacher can take his or her classroom out and either work on some botany or biological sciences or read and have a lesson.” Continue reading

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