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Outdoor room open for learning

August 30, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Students and teachers at North Elementary School in Elkins are excited to be back in school and are celebrating the addition of a new outdoor classroom.

The new space was officially declared open for learning Tuesday evening during the school's "welcome back" night.

The classroom was funded by monies raised by North Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization and built by Randy Cunningham and Youth Build students.

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
North Elementary School students and Principal Cynthia Bodkin celebrate the opening of the school’s outdoor classroom. The ribbon-cutting ceremony this week took place in conjunction with the school’s ‘welcome back’ night.

Cunningham attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with PTO President Missy Channels and Elkins Builders Supply representative Nick Marstiller.

"We are very excited for the new space," said North Elementary School Principal Cynthia Bodkin. "This is a great resource for our students - and also for families in the community."

The new space is a covered pavilion behind the school with plenty of seating.

"This will give students a different learning environment," Bodkin said. "It will also be used on rainy days so students can go out for recess. Our gym and cafeteria are the same, so this will help give more space for the kids to play."

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