When middle school students create outdoor classroom green spaces, opportunities for learning, cooperation, and community service open wide.
At Fremont Middle School, students in Alisa Beam’s and Bill Saeger’s seventh grade enrichment class are revitalizing an area between two pods. The area was ugly, windswept, and full of weeds. The landscaping fabric had become exposed after mulch blew away. The space was sad looking, neglected, and ugly.
Students teamed up and cleared out the dead plants and weeds. They planted native grasses by spring, and built stone benches. The project was paid for with funds from a Community Foundation grant. Now the space will be used for class space, or outdoor reading.