Outdoor Classroom

Did you know that the W.E.S. Outdoor Classroom (ODC) is used to educate our students…care for our environment…help those in need…and create an impact every day?
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To the Whole Kids Foundation for providing the Outdoor Classroom with a grant of $2,000.  The money will be used to purchase a Tower Garden, an indoor vegetable garden, to enable the students to grow vegetables year round.  The garden will serve as an educational tool and provide year round produce for the students to enjoy. We are so grateful to the Whole Kids Foundation for their support in helping our students grow. 

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Spring Flower Sale
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Flower Sale.  The money raised will support our upcoming planting projects with the students of Wescosville.  We are looking forward to warmer weather to begin planting. 

Holiday Wreath Sale
The ODC would like to thank everyone who supported our program through purchasing holiday wreaths.  We look forward to implementing new projects for the students of Wescosville with the funds raised. We would also like to thank Lyon Creek Farm for all the time and effort they put into creating the beautiful wreaths and for supporting our program.

First Grade Butterfly Gardens
Each year, our first grade students learn about butterflies and their habitat.  Each first grade classroom beautifies their butterfly garden with donated plants from 1st grade families.  Once the butterflies hatch from their chrysalis they are released by the students into the outdoor classroom gardens. 

Monarch Waystation 
The First Grade Butterfly Garden was certified as a Monarch Waystation in 2015. Monarch Waystations provide resources necessary for Monarch butterfly life and migration.  

Did you know that more than half of Wescosville’s land is actually unused? With the help of the
we are going to create a true Outdoor Classroom on our own property! Our plan is to use this property for our own ‘backyard’ field trips. 

Join the Outdoor Classroom Committee!
  The Outdoor Classroom Committee is made up of faculty, staff and parent volunteers.  We plan fundraising activities and develop outdoor classroom programming opportunities.  Are you looking for a unique way to share your talents with W.E.S? This could be it!  We meet once a month during the school day.  If you are interested in contributing to this committee please contact Pam Reichert: preichert@eastpennsd.org. 

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Schantz's Greenhouse Benefit Ticket Fundraiser
Wescosville Elementary has teamed up with Schantz's Greenhouse to raise money for the ODC.  The Wescosville ODC receives a $2.00 donation from Schantz's Greenhouse with each purchase that is accompanied by a benefit ticket. 
*benefit tickets are available at the bottom of this page
*tickets are also available electronically by downloading their App (Search Dan Schantz Fundraising) on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Vegetable Garden
Wescosville students planted a variety of vegetable seeds in the spring which brought forth a plentiful harvest. Both carrots and lettuce from the garden were served in the Wescosville School Cafeteria during lunches.  Over the summer the harvest from the garden was picked by the students in the ESY program at Wescosville and donated to Daybreak Homeless Shelter in Center City Allentown.  

Donations included onions, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, kale, zucchini, squash and cabbage.  

Thanks to our EPSD Students
Many thanks to Michael Viola, an Emmaus High School senior and Eagle Scout.  In 2016, he beautified the landscaping at the Wescosville Elementary main entrance by planting a variety of plants that will keep the gardens beautiful all year long. He also edged and mulched the garden beds and added feeders and houses to attract birds to the newly improved environment. 
Thanks to alumni Maeve Yanes for obtaining a grant which allowed her and classmates of Mr. Mauro's 2015 Class to build bird houses and bird feeders. The bird houses and feeders have been added to the outdoor classroom space in both the garden and throughout the walking trail. 

Many thanks to David Bailey, an Emmaus High School senior and Eagle Scout. In 2013, he created a walk-able trail on our property! David posted tree labels, built a bird blind, and installed bird feeders as well.
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