July 29, 2017 10:46 PM
On Saturday, more than eighty volunteers who are higher education business and finance leaders from across the country completed phase two of an outdoor classroom installation at Washburn Elementary School in Bloomington.
According to Bill Dillon, the executive vice president the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the green learning facility is created through organic relationships within the community.
"This year we have seven business partnerships who contribute all the resources to support the project," Dillon said. "Our commitment is that every dime that is contributed ends up at the school in one form or the other."
According to Dillon, upgrades for students include a free little library, an outdoor shade structure, stepping stones, bluebird houses and benches.
"A hallmark of our annual meeting is the chance to give back to students in the community hosting us," Dillon said. "We are thrilled to be part of the Washburn Elementary School project and to make outdoor learning a unique and sustainable option for students."
Washburn Elementary has stated that they are excited to offer the outdoor classroom to students and incorporate it into their curriculum.
"Most of our students have very limited opportunities to spend time outside in green spaces," Washburn Principal Andrew Wilkins said. "With the help of these great organizations, Washburn students will get to enjoy differentiated learning in an outdoor environment."
According to NACUBO, the project is being coordinated by HandsOn Twin Cities, the only full-service, local volunteer center.