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Local Elementary Landscapes Outdoor Classroom

The cold weather didn't stop students, staff and parents from landscaping new outdoor classrooms at Fountaindale Elementary School Friday morning.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The cold weather didn't stop students, staff and parents from landscraping new outdoor classrooms at Fountaindale Elementary School Friday morning.

The two outdoor spaces will allow students to work and learn in the environment. It's a project that started last year, when teachers and students realized they had the perfect outdoor landscape for a natural filtering wetland.

"Every grade level from kindergarten to 5th grade coming out here doing different studies with the native plants, the native animals that are going to be coming into this wetlands area," said Erik Vreeland, Fountaindale Elementary School teacher.

School officials say it's a chance to bring what students learn in class outside into the environment.

"I think it makes it more meaningful for the students when they can actually that what they're learning applies to the world right around them," said Vreeland.

Teachers and students finished most of the planting on Friday and will plant again next spring.
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