April 16, 2014

The GISD Outdoor Learning Center is nearing completion behind the Acton Middle School tennis courts.  Love Granbury participants joined with other volunteers for the most recent workday on April 12, 2014.

An “Open Trails” ceremony will be held on Friday, May 2 at 4:30 P.M. in order to showcase the new center for parents and the community.

The forthcoming center will bridge gaps between students across various campuses and grade levels, according to organizers. Students will benefit by creating powerful memories and experiences through project based learning and by creating a woodlands ecosystem that will provide them understanding of how they connect to the world.

“Research shows students spend ninety percent of their time indoors, building walls between themselves and the outside world,” commented AMS principal Jimmy Dawson and teachers Scott Carpenter and Kathryn Habluetzel. “Being outdoors opens minds, increases brain activity, thus improving student motivation and creativity. Students will understand environmental stewardship and reflect on how various cycles evolve the land and its inhabitants into a sustainable, living-system.”

Organizers have scheduled two more workdays on Friday, April 18 from 4:30-7:00 P.M. and on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Planned work includes building signs, constructing learning boxes, and developing an archery range. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Dawson at (817) 408-4800.

The center is made possible through an H-E-B grant award from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.

Pictured above are Love Granbury volunteers spreading mulch during the recent workday.

Photo courtesy of Shelley DeBusk

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