Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students at two different schools soon will have an additional area at their school which will enrich their learning experience. Camp Creek Elementary and Hooper Renwick School both recently received grants to help improve or create an outdoor area to support what the students are learning inside the building. The two schools will use the grants to fund outdoor projects based on the needs of their students.
At Camp Creek Elementary, the "2009 Lowe”s Toolbox for Education Grant" will fund the "Camp Creek Outdoor Classroom Improvement Project." The school will use the grant, which totals $4, 475, to purchase a tool shed stocked with rakes, shovels, hoses, and other equipment for its existing outdoor classroom. In addition, the school will purchase weather stations that will allow students to monitor weather conditions in their school”s community.
A brand new Recreational Outdoor Center (ROC) will be built at Hooper Renwick School, a special entity which serves middle and high school aged students with special needs. With a grant of $9,600, also from Lowe”s, the school”s ROC will feature swings, balance beams, parallel bars, swing bars, monkey bars, picnic tables and benches. The area will be built with special needs students in mind. The space will be used by physical therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, and other professionals who work with the school”s student population. For many of the students, this outdoor center will be their primary source for physical activity, as well as an area for them to develop their socialization skills.
For more information about the Camp Creek Outdoor Classroom Improvement Project, contact the school”s principal by calling 770-921-1625.