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Unused corridor transformed into outdoor classroom at Derby elementary school

Published: Jul. 26, 2017 at 4:22 PM CDT
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Students at one Derby elementary school will have a creative way to learn when classes start back up next month.

Swaney Elementary School transformed an unused corridor into an outdoor classroom this summer. The school funded the project using grant money from a "Recycle Bank Green Schools Program."

Students in the recycling club at the school helped raise money for seating made from recycle materials.

Teachers say the new space is a breath of fresh air. The school's principal agrees.

Swaney Elementary School Principal Kurt Geilenfeldt says the outdoor classroom availability gives teachers flexibility to have some lessons or reading time outside when the weather permits.

"I think today, more and more teachers are getting away from having kids just sit at their desks," Geilenfeldt says.