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Grant enables outdoor classroom
SHEPHERD -- In January, 2013, Shepherd Intermediate was awarded a $5,000 grant from Lowes. The grant was used to construct an outdoor classroom on the intermediate campus. It features a simulated archeological dig area where students will be able to study impressions made from casts of real fossils. The aquatic life area consists of a 500 gallon above ground pond with plants and even 8-inch banded sharks. The outdoor classroom has benches that will seat up to 24 students. Other points of interest are the assortment of potted plants to attract butterflies and barrels to collect rainwater for watering the plants plants. Shepherd FFA, maintenance staff, teachers, and students have all worked together to complete the educational oasis. Mrs. Cennamo's third grade science class frequents the new outdoor classroom to enhance their study of life science and is adding to the habitat with sunflowers they grew from seeds. Plans are being made for an addition of above-the-ground beds to grow various herbs and seasonal vegetables. The project would not have been possible without the generosity of Lowes. Because Lowes has given back to our community, many students will benefit greatly for the hands-on experience that the outdoor classroom can provide.