On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Baltz Elementary School celebrated the opening of our outdoor classroom! Complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the classroom’s creator, Jack Morris, students and staff welcomed the new learning environment.
Jack Morris, a junior at Salesianum High School, has been involved with the Boy Scouts since a young age. He is working towards becoming an Eagle Scout and needed to complete a project for the community. He attended Brandywine Springs School and wanted to give back to Red Clay School District. He reached out to all the Principals and Ms. O’Neil jumped at the opportunity to work with him. Together they developed the idea of the outdoor classroom.
As part of the project, Jack had to plan, organize, and raise funds to complete it. He planned and organized a Spaghetti Dinner and talked to local businesses. Business’s supported and donated to the project were Serpe’s Bakery, Shone Lumber, and Copeland’s Mulch Depot. With the funds and donations, he was able to create a comfortable outdoor learning environment for the students and teachers and provide funds to help maintain the area.
Jack, with the support of his family and his Scout Troop, were able to complete the build of the outdoor classroom over a weekend. There are stumps for the students to sit on, a white board on a stand, and chair for the teachers to sit in. The area is located under a large tree and has a mulch base to signify the area.
The students and staff at Baltz, thank Jack for all of his planning and hard work on this project! It will be enjoyed for many years to come!