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Taking the Classroom Outside
November 11, 2020
Balfour Beatty's California team and the San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC), partnered with Poway Unified School District (USD) to host their ninth annual Green Apple Day of Service! The international day of service takes place every year at different schools around the world. This year, Poway USD’s Garden Road Elementary School was selected to receive an outdoor interactive learning classroom, accommodating students upon return to campus.
Over 100 eager volunteers, including students, staff, families, and supporting community and trade partners, willingly dedicated their Saturday to one common goal: creating an Outdoor Learning Classroom for students to learn and engage in a healthy, connective way.
“I am over the moon that Balfour Beatty chose to give us this gift of an outdoor learning space,” said Principal, Lisa Maguire. “We plan to use this space to let our kids be outside, especially in this time of COVID... When they come back, they are going to have a beautiful place to learn outside… We are hoping to use this outdoor learning space as a launching pad for a lot of STEAM projects at our school. I feel like this will ground us in inviting more community partners in!”
Additional beautification efforts to transform and enhance the school included several painted murals, picnic tables, an owl box, walkways, a new shed, mulch, weeding, pavers, student-decorated rocks, installment of outdoor dry-erase boards for the teachers, and a new shared library for students.
The effort supports and enhances Garden Road Elementary School, providing students and teachers an opportunity to become further engaged and inspired by outdoor learning.
“It’s a fantastic day to see this come together….” said John Bernardy, Balfour Beatty’s senior vice president. “There’s nothing better than taking a Saturday morning to do something that makes our whole communities better.”
On behalf of Balfour Beatty, San Diego Green Building Council, and Poway USD, thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who helped make this another successful Green Apple Day of Service!
A special thank you to our key partners: Poway USD, Pierre Landscape, Home Depot, and Sunbelt Rentals. An extended thank you to our sponsors: ACCO Engineered Systems, Advance Plumbing, Agri Service, American Sheet Metal, Brady SoCal, Canyon Steel Fabricators, Chick-Fil-A, F.J. Willert Contracting, Jackson & Blanc, Olson Firewood, Pacific Coast Glazing, Simmons & Wood, Standard Drywall, Sylvester Roofing, and Waste Management.