GISD Outdoor Learning Center taking shape

September 21, 2013

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The GISD Outdoor Learning Center is taking shape, as volunteers continue to clear the area for instructional use.

The center will bridge gaps between students across various campuses and grade levels, according to organizers.

School officials pointed out that students will benefit by creating powerful memories and experiences through project based learning and by creating a woodlands ecosystem that will provide them understanding of how they connect to the world.

“Research shows students spend 90 percent of their time indoors, building walls between themselves and the outside world,” commented AMS Principal Jimmy Dawson and teachers Scott Carpenter and Kathryn Habluetzel.

“Being outdoors opens minds, increases brain activity, thus improving student motivation and creativity. Students will understand environmental stewardship and reflect on how various cycles evolve the land and its inhabitants into a sustainable, living-system.”

For those interested, tasks include brush clearing for the paths and learning areas, construction of poles for benches, and spreading mulch.

“We are in desperate need of manpower,” said Dawson. “With many hands at work, this project will be complete much more quickly.”

Volunteers are encouraged to wear jeans and gloves and bring brush clearing tools, tree trimmers, wheel barrows, metal rakes and shovels, and pole saws.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Dawson at 817-408-4800.

The center is made possible through a grant award from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.

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