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Saturday, October 17, 2009

A-Team Report: Timberwilde Elementary Outdoor Classroom...

You could not have asked for a more beautiful morning with perfect, slightly cool weather, for getting out and doing a little bit of volunteer work. My wife and I grabbed a few garden tools and headed just down the street to Timberwilde Elementary where we joined several members of the GNW A-Team along with teachers and students from the school for a little bit of yard work.
The outdoor classroom was actually created several years ago as part of a project for a local GNW Eagle Scout. It is located just in the southeast part of the school in a greenbelt. With trails outlined in rock and covered in crushed decayed granite, the teachers can take their classes outdoors to see the various plants, xeriscaping and different garden areas.
In the center, large boulders have been brought in to create a classroom set-up. It really is a great idea and just needed a little TLC to keep it up.

With assistance from NISD, new landscaping material was brought in to refresh the trails, but they still needed the manual labor to spread the material, weed-eat the over grown weeds and mow some of the heavier grass.
With teams of students and adults pitching in, the entire area was covered with people working to get the classroom ready for use by the school.
Some students created little tasty bagels for birds, covered in peanut-butter and topped with birdseed. When the classroom isn't in use, I'm sure the little birds and squirrels in the area will appreciate the area too.
The Great Northwest A-Team participates in events like this in an effort to show our support for local schools like Timberwilde, Knowlton, Connally and Zachry. The schools make an effort to teach students about the value of volunteering in the community, and by having A-Team members support them, it demonstrates to the students that volunteerism is a great way to have fun and give back to the community, even when you are an adult. If you'd like to learn more about the A-Team, send me a note and I'll put you in touch with the right folks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

....you guys make up th A-team...congrats.......

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