Sadly during COVID our children studied and interacted with classmates and teachers behind masks for two years. Their emotional and physical wellbeing was my inspiration for a fully functioning outdoor classroom at Shorecrest Preparatory School, which 100 years ago was founded as an outdoor school.
With the future still uncertain at the time, I felt an impetus to create a space where classes could take place outdoors without the restrictions of masks. The limitations that were created because of COVID taught us about unforeseeable limitations to growth and development. But it was also the alluring Florida climate and evidence based research on the benefits of learning outdoors that propelled the search for an unused space at the school to accommodate my vision.
Digging into the dirt, as a family, begins an exciting month of construction for the first installment. We are committed to realizing the space in full and hope that other Charger families will share in our vision for this remarkable space. Our board member Jon Kepko, with his expertise in engineering, helped on a technical level to realize our goals.
I can't wait to share the progress with everyone. Please stay tuned!