Last week Surry County School Board Chairman Sexton Earlie Coe presented a resolution from the Surry County Education Foundation that will fund a new “outdoor classroom” for the district’s Science Institute, located at Meadowview Magnet Middle School.
The $15,000 contribution from the Education Foundation will fund the first phase of the outdoor classroom project, which will incorporate an existing walking trail on the grounds of Meadowview Middle. Once complete, students from throughout the Surry County district will be able to take a walk along the path and learn about the area’s wildlife from signs that are to be posted along the trail.
Science Institute Director Jeff Edwards relayed his “heart-felt thank you” to members of the education foundation and school officials before explaining the project in its entirety. According to Edwards, once complete the outdoor classroom will also feature an amphitheatre and an aquatic center.
Edwards told the small gathering at Meadowview that once the project is complete it will provide an interactive learning environment in which students can learn about weather, water quality testing and botany, among many other subjects.
Edwards also said that while the outdoor classroom may be located at Meadowview, it and the other operations of his Science Institute are open for participation for all students in the Surry County Schools.
Surry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves said that “education is not one size fits all, ” as he praised the foundation for it’s work. “The foundation is helping us offer choices to students,” Reeves told the small crowd.
Meadowview is a middle school which any student in the county district may attend. The school offers a curriculum on science, technology, engineering and math. According to principal Denny Barr said students from all over the county apply to the school. He said once applications are received the school uses a lottery system to pick which students will attend classes at Meadowview.