Two weeks ago the brand new outdoor learning carts were delivered to the 4 elementary schools. Each cart contains items from a list that our local teachers and staff collaborated on. Special thanks to Dr. Tellier and the Falmouth Public Schools - Massachusetts for supporting and funding the latest tools for outdoor education! We can't wait to see them in action!
Morse Pond School now has the first 4 picnic tables for under one of their tents thanks to donations to our committee! Special thanks to Bob Oliveira for going out in the pouring rain to pick them up and deliver to the school for us!!! Morse Pond School still has an immediate need for funding at least 8 additional picnic tables for their other tent and the school grounds. Picnic tables cost approx between $110 to $160 (depending on the current market and availability) but prices just dropped to the lower end. If you would like to make a donation please make one via check, venmo or PayPal to Falmouth Rotary Club memo "outdoor learning picnic Morse Pond". You can also opt to purchase it yourself and drop at the school or have the committee arrange the delivery or assembly. Just be sure to contact us.
As we move on from stumps and begin to provide longer term infrastructure for outdoor learning we are so grateful for the continued support from our community and schools! Our committee is still taking donations for picnic tables and other needs across all the schools that have been requested by our staff. If you are interested in helping thru volunteer work or financial support please reach out!
Donate via Rotary Club Venmo: www.venmo.com/u/FALMOUTHROTARYCLUBCC
Thank you again to Sara and Caleb Giguere who raised around $2,200 for the outdoor learning project! "Caleb and I are both passionate about getting kids outside, for many reasons. Fresh air is so important, and it’s a different stimulus than being in a classroom,” she said. “There are so many opportunities for learning, from plants and nature to weather patterns to moon cycles.” You can still donate to Caleb or Sara (click their names) thru the end of September or you can donate directly to Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod.
This year our project will continue to build out infrastructure, finish the nature trails, build out the island in the sky website, introduce our new teacher recognition incentive (stay tuned for our first teacher spotlight next week), and work with our new learning partner specialist, Carmela Mayeski. If you would like to get involved no matter how big or small, we would love to have you join us and lend your talents!
Article in the Falmouth Enterprise Link
If you would like to contribute towards the Outdoor Learning Project, please visit The Rotary Club of Falmouth, Cape Cod, a 501c3 organization. Select Youth on the Paypal link and outdoor classroom project. You can also send a Venmo or mail in a check and be sure to include the same note. Our address is: PO Box 293 Falmouth, MA 02541
Thank you to the Falmouth Road Race, who honored us today with a grant for the Falmouth Outdoor Learning Committee. Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod, President Elect and Chair of the Outdoor Learning Committee, Amy Leonardi accepted the grant on behalf of the club. The grant will go towards the Nature Trail part of our project that is now in place at 2 of 4 elementary schools. The funding will help us towards completion of this project at both East Falmouth Elementary School and North Falmouth Elementary School!
The North Falmouth Elementary School PeaceBuilders Club completed the 1st of 3 lending libraries as part of the outdoor learning project last week. The students designed, painted and stocked the library with books for youth. Special THANKS to Evan Pounder for donating the wood materials, Chris DeBettencourt of Accurate Fence for installing and securing the pole, and James Miner for constructing and landscaping the school's first lending library. We have 2 more libraries to come, built by Ashbel W Joyal we hope to share as soon as they are finished!! Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen, the children are beyond excited!!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support our fundraiser last night thru Papa Gino's. Thank you also to everyone who shared photos or sent texts saying they had gone! Some people asked how they can support this still: you can mail a check to Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod PO Box 293, Falmouth MA 02541 and put on memo line: "outdoor learning PG fundraiser". We also have Venmo and Paypal.
Thank you to all who came out today to help out with the Mullen Hall Spring Garden Cleanup including teachers, staff, students, parents and the Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod!
Huge THANK YOU to the 32+ volunteers who came out today to setup 2 more outdoor classroom tents at East Falmouth Elementary School! Today due to the amazing volunteers we were able to get 2 done in just over 90 mins! Volunteers consisted of our rock star facilities team, parents, teachers, kids, grandparents and administrators!!! Special thank you to Gary Botelho, Owner of Botelho Excavating, who supervised our volunteers!
THANKS to the crew who, depsite the weather, came out today to get the 2nd outdoor classroom done at Morse Pond School! Volunteers consisted of parents, administrators and our AMAZING Facilities team. Today we set a new record for our installs at 1 hour and 45 mins! Join us next week on Sunday at 1pm as we put up 2 more at the East Falmouth Elementary Outdoor Classroom Tent Install!
If you would like to help or are willing to make a donation to help feed our hardworking volunteers, we would be grateful!
Thank you so much to the Teaticket Elementary Outdoor Classroom Tent Install and Table Assembly volunteers for their outstanding work today! Pur volunteers from Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod, the Falmouth Public Schools - Massachusetts facilities team, Principal Sandy, parents and students made quick work of the 2nd out door classroom setup!
We need lots of help Wednesday from 4 to 6 to put up the 2nd Morse Pond Outdoor Classroom Tent Install!
Thank you to everyone for helping and continuing to help thru volunteering, donations and more!
Photo Credit: Steve Heaslip photos
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