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June 30, 2015
Granbury ISD received a $10,000 Exelon Presidential Grant Award for the district’s Outdoor Learning Center on June 30, 2015.
The grant funding, which made possible because of the Exelon-owned Wolf Hollow Generating Station located in southern Hood County, will help sustain the center in numerous ways: a utility vehicle to be used for maintenance, disabled students, and emergency situations; a storage building for supplies and equipment; a set of steps with handrails; and mulch as a weed barrier on the trails.
Wolf Hollow won first place for environmental stewardship to win the grant in a nation-wide program.
The OLC, which is located behind Acton Middle School near the tennis courts, provides a number of learning opportunities for Granbury students of all ages - including outdoor classrooms, a low ropes course, and an archery range.
The center was made originally possible through an H-E-B grant award from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation. A handicap ramp was almost possible from the foundation’s 50 Fellas Foodfest and a donation from the Hood County Bar Association.
Through a woodlands ecosystem and a separate wetlands area, the center bridges gaps between students across various campuses and grade levels. “Students are creating powerful memories and experiences through project based learning that will provide them understanding of how they connect to the world,” commented AMS science teacher Scott Carpenter.
Being outdoors opens minds, increases brain activity, as well as improves student motivation and creativity, according to AMS principal Jimmy Dawson. Students also understand environmental stewardship and reflect on how various cycles evolve the land and its inhabitants into a sustainable, living-system.
Based in Chicago, Exelon is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider with $27.4 billion in annual revenue. Affiliated companies participate in every stage of the energy business, from generation and competitive energy sales to transmission and delivery. The Wolf Hollow station, a business unit of Exelon Generation, is a three unit, 704 megawatt fossil power plant.
Pictured above with GISD students are (left to right): back – AMS assistant principal John Dafoe, Wolf Hollow environmental committee member Pat Schultz and operations manager Alan Harding, GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent; middle – AMS science teacher Scott Carpenter, Wolf Hollow senior environmental specialist Gregg Vines, AMS principal Jimmy Dawson, and Wolf Hollow plant manager Jeff Klier.

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