If you passed by the Rockford Middle School this summer, you likely noticed that the landscaping for the rain gardens has been completed and looks phenomenal.
Other grounds work includes removal of the playground behind the school building. The playground no longer met safety standards and plans were put into place for the space to be utilized for an additional outdoor activity space for students. Students will continue to enjoy outdoor recess and, of course, engage in outdoor learning in the school gardens, registered school forest and outdoor classrooms.
An outdoor classroom is a tool that allows educators to take a hands-on approach and move their educational curriculum outdoors, as children often learn best by “doing.”
Lastly, with the award of the Allina Health Community Connection grant, work can begin on an outdoor walking path that will feature activity stations available to our students and community members when complete.
Amy Denneson, RMS Principal, added this:
“We are thrilled with the outdoor learning areas that have been developed throughout our campus! Students have opportunities to engage in hands-on learning in our rain garden, outdoor classrooms, school forest, and garden-to-school program. Teachers are using these outdoor learning areas to infuse their subject areas with science, technology, engineering, and math and students are truly enjoying learning.”
If you have questions about the rain garden, the school forest or the STEM curriculum, please contact the RMS-CES office at 763-477-5831, or go to the district website at www.rockford.k12.mn.us.