TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Thanks to the most recent Leadership Tallahassee Class, Sabal Palm Elementary officially cut the ribbon on a new Outdoor classroom Tuesday.
The project took two years, more than $25,000, and 465 volunteer-hours to complete.
The previously bare area of the school is now outfitted with covered seating, an outdoor garden and more. Principal Anicia Robinson says the new classroom will help enrich student learning.
"We're finding that getting outside of the classroom and also getting the fresh air and outdoor classrooms helps to increase brain functioning," said Robinson. She adds it also helps "increase the students' attention span to what they need to be doing and paying attention to and also those kinds of rollover into the classroom grades and test scores and just kind of the overall learning experience for the students."
Although no one could have predicted the current pandemic when the project was first conceived, Robinson and others say the outdoor area presents the perfect opportunity for learning while social distancing.