Falmouth Outdoor Learning Project Continues to Grow
Outdoor Learning is in full-swing at all of Falmouth's public schools. Thanks to generous donors, hard-working volunteers, and the incredible staff and teachers of Falmouth, the students are having a great start to the year. A year ago we shared about their initial efforts to prepare for students first time back to school in the pandemic. To date, the Falmouth Outdoor Learning Project, a subcommittee of the Rotary Club of Falmouth, Cape Cod, led by chair, Amy Leonardi from our office, has invested over 1600 hours of volunteer time and raised over $100,000 in donations and supplies.
The committee is currently in process of completing the main infrastructure part of their project which provided outdoor classrooms at all seven school utilizing year round open-air tents built to withstand hurricane force winds; sun-sail garden classrooms; and tree stump seating all scheduled to be completed by early October. They are also trying to help fulfill individual school wish lists for supplies to enrich outdoor education or help support infrastructure like picnic tables. In process is also a curriculum enrichment project in partnership with the 300 Commitee that will utilize conservation land.
Due to their efforts, the Falmouth Public School district has invested long term in outdoor education and community partnerships by hiring, Dr. Sarah Vendetti, the new district Learning Partner Specialist as well as worked with the committee to bring optional outdoor education professional development, thru the Green Schoolyards America project, for staff.
The committee has been largely supported thru both private donations and grants from businesses including: Falmouth Toyota, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Apache Mills and more!
If you would like to make a donation please do so via the Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod, a 501c3 organization via check or on their website.
Congratulations to Amy, the committee and the community for their outstanding leadership for our children and the community.
Amy Leonardi | 09/21/2021