Seaview Elementary installs outdoor classroom

Jun 06, 2018
Photo by: Michael Nelson Artistic rendering of key components of the Seaview Elementary Outdoor Classroom Project.

Parents, teachers, and others are building a nature sanctuary and outdoor classroom for Seaview Elementary School.

They have been working to plan this multifaceted project, as well as to organize an auction to raise funds for the project and to share the project’s vision.

“This is an exciting opportunity to get kids away from their classrooms while exposing them to the world not available on the screens they use at home,” volunteer Amy Lyndon said.

Some of the highlights of the project include:

• Teachers will give their lessons in the outdoor classroom structure, getting the students away from their desks and allow them to think creatively while getting closer to nature.

• The interpretive nature trail will be used by students during the school day, as well as by the community on weekends and summers. Over time, classes will be able to add to the information on the nature trail.

• The student garden with greenhouse will be hands-on learning about the life cycle of plants, as well as allowing students to get plants they can bring home at the end of the school year.

• Part of the project will also include composting from the cafeteria. This will teach about composting to improve soil as well as the importance of keeping as much as possible out of landfills.

• The mini-amphitheater will be a space where students of various grades can share what they learned about the natural world and enjoy being outside. Individual classes will also be able to invite their parents for interactive presentations.

Long-term, a sculpture garden will be a place for art created by students and possibly the community. To make this as green as possible, the plan vision includes solar panels, a wind turbine, a weather station, and a rain barrel for watering new plant beds.

“The auction was a great success,” Lyndon said, “thanks to the community's generous donors, as well as countless volunteer hours of the outdoor classroom committee led by Marci Nelson and Erika Barnett."

In addition to the recent auction, funding has been secured from the Seaview Elementary PTA, the two grants from the Capital Partnership Program, Edmonds School District, a grant from the Foundation for Edmonds Schools, as well as from private donations.

Community involvement in this project is always welcome, Lyndon said.

Tax-free donations can be made and stone pavers customized with text, or text with an engraved image can be purchased and will be used throughout the garden.

Go to www.charityauction.bid/soca2018 to make a donation and/or to purchase a stone paver.

 

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