The CMUE Outdoor Classroom is up and running thanks to a grant from CMCF and many volunteers! Last year (2013) we were awarded an $800 grant from CMCF to build an outdoor classroom. Throughout the school year, 13-14, we planned and consulted with many volunteers to construct a beautiful classroom in the grove of trees behind CMUE. The list of volunteers includes: Patty and Craig Rockafellow, Rob and Joe Baldwin, Lynn, Karen and Brent Wickerham, Brett Jensen at Big L in Sheridan, Jeremy and Faith Swan, Brennan, Shannan, Riley and McKenna Bowen, Tim Bohen, Patrick and Susan Hill, Mike and Susan Koster, Jim and Barb Warshchefsky, and Jane and Tim Hemenway.
Our budget included $573.92 for supplies from Big L and $46.11 for wood chips from Horrocks Garden Center. The remaining $179.97 is earmarked for the purchase of supplies to build a table in the outdoor classroom or to buy a classroom set of tree identification books.
Additional donations include: Cary Linton's handmade wooden sign that marks the entrance, Lynn Wickerham's Michigan shaped birdhouse and wooden flower, and a four shelf cupboard of supplies for teachers to use (30 compasses, 30 binoculars, 30 backpacks and a track identification kit). This is stored in CMUE's copy room.
The classroom has been used for a variety of lessons already such as: guitar sing-alongs, buddy reading, science investigations, reading, drawing, and even the release of Monarch butterflies. Teachers can sign out the day and time they would like to reserve in the staff lounge. They can also write suggestions or comments on a plus/delta chart located in the staff lounge.
Thank you for making this possible! If you are in the area, stop by and take a look at the enriching venue your grant provided Central Montcalm students for many, many years to come!