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Volunteers from local schools help build new outdoor classrooms


Compass Academy Charter School volunteers recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new outdoor learning environment adjacent to its main building in Vineland.

The area will be designed to ‘get kids outside more, expand how they can learn and improve their health’.

When completed, the project will include outdoor classrooms, a children’s garden, reading stations, a walking path and several nature centers.

The team kicked off the first phase of construction right after the groundbreaking ceremony on March 26. Nearly 40 teachers, administrators, parents, high school students and council members installed parking guides, cleared large areas of debris, pulled vines, raked and weeded, laid slate for trails and rehabilitated picnic tables.

“A team of teachers wrote the grant for the project,” said Compass science teacher Dawn Payne. “Some of us were almost in tears after so much was accomplished by so many great volunteers on our first day.”

The Compass Academy Charter School Education Foundation funded the project. The initial grant of $5,000 is the first granted by the new organization. Members of the Foundation and donors took part in the work.

“We are thrilled with this ambitious and cooperative endeavor and look forward to seeing this outdoor classroom fully utilized by Compass Academy students, said foundation vice president Nancy Ward.

The next working group will take place on April 30.

Compass Academy Charter School, located at 23 W. Chestnut St, is a free public school with approximately 180 K-5 students in Vineland, Millville, and Pittsgrove. For more information, call 856-899-5570 or visit compassacademycharter.org.

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