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OSU students win national contest for Sangre Ridge Elementary outdoor classroom design

OSU students won a national contest for designing a proposed outdoor classroom at Sangre Ridge Elementary in Stillwater
By Trisha Gedon, For The Oklaho Modified: May 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm •  Published: May 17, 2014

Sarah Major, a teacher at Sangre Ridge Elementary, said the third-graders participated so that if the design could be done soon, the students would be able to experience it.

“In class we were discussing career and job readiness, so this project fit in nicely with our careers unit,” Major said. “However, we also were able to use the project to show geometry, measurement, art and persuasion strategies. For instance, we talked about what the students included in their plans to persuade us to choose their plan over the other entries.”

One of the participating elementary students said she really liked talking with the college students and showing them around her school. Another student said he liked learning about different careers.

Joleen Royer, another third grade teacher at Sangre Ridge, said her students benefited from the project.

“It definitely opened their eyes to a new field of careers,” Royer said. “We were able to see some of our students really come out of their shell and start talking about outside jobs and how they are important.”

“Not only does Sangre Ridge Elementary benefit from having this design plan ready for when the time comes and funding is available to implement it, my students also benefit from participating in competitions such as this,” Nelson said.

Trisha Gedon is a communications specialist with Agricultural Communications Services.