GISD OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER RECEIVES $10,000 EXELON GRANT
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
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.
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.