Brushy Creek Elementary was awarded almost $2,000 by the Cares Alliance to help build an outdoor classroom with an updated garden. We believe building an outdoor classroom will not only improve the beauty of the campus and the community but will allow our students to develop an interest in science and math through connecting with nature. Teachers can use experiential teaching methodologies to engage students with active, hands-on, inquiry-based learning in a real-world setting. By engaging the senses of touch, smell, hearing, taste and seeing, students retain a physical memory of activities that are long-lasting. Outdoor classrooms blur the boundaries between academic learning and creative play. When a teacher asks who wants to go outside, every hand is raised. It makes learning fun! The Outdoor Classroom is a reminder that innovation is alive and well in public education.
Funds are still needed to complete this project and the PTA will continue to work on this. But this grant is a great start!