Greenwood Elementary students have new outdoor learning space
On a sunny, late winter morning, Greenwood Elementary students, staff, parents and community members dedicated a classroom without walls, suitable for studying virtually any subject.
“Opportunities for math, science and literacy to grow out here are just around the corner,” said Principal Darik Williams, standing on the northeast corner of the Greenwood campus, near the school’s new outdoor learning space.
The learning space includes a covered pavilion with tables and benches where students will be able to gather for class sessions and other activities. It is surrounded by garden planters, where each grade will have space to plant flowers or grow fruits and vegetables.
The project was championed by teachers, other staff members, parents, community members and the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education. The Greenwood PTCO held an auction in February 2016 to raise funds for design and construction. Local businesses, such as Creative Exteriors, supported the project by donating topsoil, flowers and other materials.
Before the official ribbon-cutting, Principal Williams quoted naturalist and preservationist John Muir, who said “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
Then Williams continued, “Here’s to seeing our students walk and work in nature and grow as mathematicians, as scientists and as stewards of their natural surroundings.”