Underhill School is about to embark on the first phase of our playground facelift. Phase one includes the addition of a Learning Habitat, where students and teachers can explore the life cycles of butterflies and ladybugs, marigolds and sunflowers, trees and shrubs even as they are researching these subjects in the classroom. It will be a place where students can take the lead in discovering the connections between nature and themselves. The imaginations of children ages 4-8 years old are rich with pretend play, like building fairy houses and role playing as adults. Because students will be the creators of this space, it will hold the kind of magic that belongs to young children. We might say that this learning environment leads to “ecological literacy” an understanding and appreciation of the natural world that is as important as the ability to read and write and contributes to a well-rounded education.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be looking for volunteers and donations to help us complete this first phase. Students will be contributing their green thumbs toward the end of the building process once the site work is completed.
Below is a list of items of which we are in need. Any help in securing these items will help us defray costs and make our hopes and dreams a reality!
- Rototiller / Rototilling: About 3400 square feet
- Sta-Green Recycled Landscape Fabric: 5-6 Rolls
- Pea Gravel: 10 cubic yards or 60 .5 cubic foot bags
- Shredded Bark Mulch: 10 cubic yards
- Garden Edging Material: 40 feet
- Hose: 100 feet
- Bird Bath
- Bird House
- Bird Feeder
- Rough Cut Log Benches
If you have any questions, comments, thoughts or ideas regarding this project, please contact Principal Drew Bairstow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Media Specialist Karen Landsman (email@example.com).