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100 FedEx Volunteers Improve Outdoor Classrooms at Kingsbury Schools

     

On the morning of April 10th, purple shirts swarmed the courtyard at Kingsbury High School and the playground at Kingsbury Elementary School as 100 FedEx volunteers spent their morning helping the schools improve their outdoor classrooms. WRC Education Director Cathy Justis has been working with both schools for a long time as part of the Five Star Restoration Program funded by FedEx through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.  

Volunteers transformed the Kingsbury High School courtyard in just a few hours. Railings were painted, trellises were placed at each entrance, new planting beds were built and two new limestone gravel pathways brought it all together. Not a stray leaf or twig was left on the ground—all were cleaned up and placed in the new compost bins that were built from recycled pallets.  Several students pitched in, too, not only working hard, but also being welcoming and helpful hosts.

At the elementary school, volunteers painted and assembled benches in a shady area of the playground to encourage outdoor learning. They removed a grass strip in a “no man’s land” of the adjacent vocational school, replacing it with gravel so that the native vines planted along the fence by the elementary school students would no longer be threatened with herbicides sprayed by the grounds crew. A compost bin was built to collect material from the school gardens and will one day be used for a school-wide composting program. The signature project was a colorful garden learning sign, lovingly painted and installed by some very creative volunteers!

Both schools are committed to providing environmental education and outdoor classroom experiences to enrich student learning, so the volunteer support and caring was greatly appreciated. Wolf River Conservancy will continue to get these kids outside and into nature, and their new outdoor classroom spaces will make these experiences even better. Thank you, FedEx!

     

     

        

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 2:56 PM