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Spratley Gifted Center builds schoolyard habitat
Students, staff, parents, community partners, and volunteers are constructing an outdoor learning habitat at Spratley Gifted Center. Michele Ferrel, a fourth grade science teacher at the school, is coordinating the project.
"My vision is to provide students with a powerful example of land conservation and stewardship,” said Ferrel. “The HELP class I took over the summer inspired me to get students out of the classroom and into nature."
The project will include a haven for birds, butterflies, and many other types of wildlife. The habitat will provide an opportunity to engage students in hands-on learning, teach and learn across many academic disciplines, and to provide students with a powerful example of land conservation and stewardship. Students will research and select native plants for the habitat and will create field guides to accompany their selections.
A special thanks goes to business partners who have been instrumental in this project. The businesses include: Pembroke Construction, McDonald’s Garden Center, VPPSA, Home Depot, Waters Edge Church, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
"We are very excited about having the opportunity to make learning come alive in a natural environment,” said Dr. Kenneth Crum, principal. “It is our goal as this develops to have students learn across a variety of subjects. Ms. Ferrel, has been instrumental in leading the effort to coordinate community resources to make learning enriching and relevant for our school community."
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