Riverview Unveils Outdoor Classroom

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Watch staff and volunteers build the outdoor classroom  

Riverview Elementary serves as the MPSD Early Learning Center and currently serves 269 4K and 341 5K students.

To provide our youngest students a learning experience like no other, an outdoor classroom at Riverview has been created so teachers can incorporate outdoor learning and play into curriculum, and provide opportunities for students to develop awareness of and appreciation for the natural world.

Educators and child development specialists have written volumes on the importance of hands-on experience and play for young children. There is a growing body of research showing the importance not just of play, but this play taking place in an outdoor setting. Nature playscapes encourage creativity, problem-solving and self determination. Research has also found Outdoor Classrooms enhance children’s learning, behavior and developmental outcomes.

The Manitowoc Chamber helped to commemorate this event by sharing in an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the classroom!!

Thank you to the many volunteers and donors for your time and contributions to make this possible!! 


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Outdoor Learning Contributors:

Committee Members

Gwen Filer            
Sandy Moore 
Kelly Rohrer
Bernie VanDenHeuvel
Johanna Worley
Natasha Laakso
Chelsey meier
Carol Lallensack
Doris Magyar
Pat Hollen
Chelle Blasczcyk
Sue Elliott 
Kelly Vorron
Lori Brandt
Shelley Bishop

Funders

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board
Lowe's HEROs Program
Cellcom Green Gifts
Sunrise Rotary
FORWARD Foundation

Donations

City of Manitowoc Parks and Recreation Dept.
US Department of Fish and Wildlife Service
Lakeland Landscape
Four Seasons
Rezek Construction
Eden Stone
Fleet Farm
Briess Malt and Ingredients
Master Gardeners of Manitowoc
Victor and Marilyn Ponce
Romy Bishop

Summer Service Project Crew

Mr. Rich Kangas
Mr. Ryan Zimmerman
Beau Eichhorst
Alec Taddy
Todd Schaus
Emma Leiterman
Logan Schiller
JT Shields
Alex Lemberger
Dominic Yanda
Max Schram
Josepher Schultz
Zach Leider
Alex Endries
Tannor Orlopp
Max Moretti
Damion Henrickson
Peyton Hager
Noah Czekala
Jorge Ibarra

Lowe’s HEROs Day

Dianne Stewart
Mike Stein
Russ Holschbach
Jerry Burkart
Harout Baltayan
Jeff Snyder
Tina Troullier
Dave Breech
Billy Olson
Keith Welnicke
Jed Mazur
Amy Tymm

Volunteers

Sandy Moore
Marianne Smith
Natasha Laakso
Carol Lallensack
Brayden Lallensack
Victor and Marilyn Ponce

Project Curriculum Trainers

Linda Gruber, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Growing Up Wild
Sarah Gilbert & Chris Kuntz, LEAF Program Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education


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