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Garden Gate Helps Build Outdoor Classroom 

Support for Atholton Elementary School and their2011 Green Team theme: No Child Left Inside 

There was magic in the air as many volunteers and donors came together on June 3rd to construct Atholton’s beautiful outdoor classroom. Garden Gate provided plants and labor led by our motivated contract administrator Rod Young and an expert Garden Gate crew. Together, they helped with the project that included an amphitheater-style classroom, tables for working in small groups, a bird blind for observing birds in their habitat, and a nature path down to the babbling stream. 

New research is showing that spending time outdoors improves student behavior, attendance and attitudes . Being outdoors reduces student stress and fosters a deeper connection with the environment while allowing an alternative way for students to learn. This completed project now serves as a model in Howard County and will benefit their students, staff and community for years to come.

If you have a worthy project for 2012, let us know!