The students and staff of Northeast and Northwest schools have shared a desire for a better school environment, including improved outdoor spaces. The school administration has been working on plans to improve the student’s access to nature as an academic and social emotional learning intervention.
This project focuses on the vision of students to transform four outdoor spaces on the school grounds: an outdoor eating space, 2 outdoor classroom spaces, and a platform for student performances and yoga. The effects of Covid on our community are significant and our students strongly voiced an opportunity to be outside together for social, emotional, and academic learning and healing. Research has shown that simply learning outside in an environment with plants can improve students’ well-being and academic success. When students participate in the cultivation and maintenance of gardens and have access to outdoor space for learning and socializing, the benefits are even greater.
Students will be engaged in the design of the spaces and community partners will be engaged in securing the resources and creating the spaces. Teachers will be engaged as partners in building and utilizing the spaces. Once the spaces are developed, the school community will collaborate to see they are used and maintained. These spaces will serve as catalysts for discussions about further development of outdoor learning spaces for learning, wellness, and community building.
Your support will transform the school and learning environment on the Douglass Campus and transform the lives of Northeast and Northwest students.
Contributions to this campaign will benefit the Friends of Northeast Fund at Rochester Education Foundation.