OUTDOOR CLASSROOM BUILT BY KIWANIS OF GREATER SOUTH COBB
Floyd Middle School Will Use Classroom to Move Curriculum Outdoors
Mableton, GA. — Sept. 29, 2014 — In the interest of helping an area middle school bring learning outdoors, the Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb and other local Kiwanis chapters built an outdoor classroom.
A ribbon cutting was celebrated at Floyd Middle School’s new outdoor classroom site on August 29, 2014 with members of the Kiwanis Club as well as teachers, administrators, district employees and students. A video of the ribbon cutting is currently available at https://www.youtube.com/user/gsckiwanis
Built by Kiwanis Club volunteers, the new classroom will enable students to go outside and connect with their natural environment, studying parts of their common core curriculum and Georgia performance standards in an outdoor environment.
“We wanted to provide a tool that would allow educators to take a hands-on approach and move their educational curriculum outdoors,” said Ray Tiyamiyu, Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb President.
Lt. Gov. Ron Davis, a dual member of Greater South Cobb Kiwanis & Smyrna Club, was the main lead and coordinated the project.
“Outside every school building exists a blossoming world of natural studies with all types of structures that can do a better job of teaching than video tapes and computers,” he said. “Children often learn best by doing, and this classroom will help them do just that.”
Three clubs joined the GSC chapter to build the outdoor classroom, including the Lost Mountain Golden Kiwanis, the Smyrna Kiwanis and the East Cobb Kiwanis. Key volunteers included Bob Poe, dual member of Greater South Cobb Kiwanis & Lost Mountain Kiwanis; Warren Kris, dual member of Greater South Cobb Kiwanis & Lost Mountain Kiwanis; Lt. Gov. Charles Lollis, member of Smyrna Kiwanis Club; Victor Koch, Engineer and volunteer who designed the outdoor classroom; Bobby Gifford, President of East Cobb Kiwanis; and Billy Rogers dual member of Marietta & Lost Mountain Golden Kiwanis.
About the Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb
The Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb is one of the newest clubs in the state of Georgia. The chapter was organized and chartered by Kiwanis International in February of 2014. The club concentrates their service on children of the Austell, Mableton and Powder Springs communities. They sponsor a wide range of youth leadership and character development programs for children of all levels and ages in addition to a host of other programs including leadership camps, art and music showcases, mentoring, reading and match assistance for elementary students, field trips, teacher appreciation events, and service projects designed to introduce youth to the value and the joy of serving their school, community, and nation.
For more information about the Greater South Cobb Kiwanis, go to www.gsckiwanis.org. Follow Greater South Cobb Kiwanis on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and YouTube.