Brookhaven, GA, May 3 – Friday morning, a ribbon cutting celebration and Grand Opening of a new Outdoor Classroom, Amphitheater & Plaza took place at Ashford Park Elementary School.
Valery Voyles, Chairman/CEO of Ed Voyles Automotive Group; LaShawn McMillan, Principal at Ashford Park Elementary School and Shawn Keefe, President of the Ashford Park School Education Foundation (APSEF) spoke to attendees about the project and how the students of the school will benefit from it.
“Here we are today celebrating the transformation of the outside of our school. We’d like to thank the businesses and families in the community that gave us the support needed to bring this project to life,” said Keefe.
Last Fall, the APSEF partnered with URUUT, a robust fundraising platform and together with an outpouring of community support raised $106,450.
Principal McMillan called the opening of the project a turning point to providing a more viable and usable space for the Ashford Park School students. “This project will help the content come alive,” said McMillan. “When our students come out here they can actually explore, investigate and go deeper into our STEM endeavors.”
Ms. Voyles told those in attendance that she and her company are committed to enhancing education in the community. “The Team at Ed Voyles Automotive is proud to be a part of the community. We at Ed Voyles are very much about education and challenge other businesses to get involved in supporting their local schools.”
Bill Brantley, President/COO at Ed Voyles expressed the pride he and his team feel by being part of community education initiatives. “We believe in education, it’s our future. We want to be a part of giving these children the best opportunities so that we can build a bigger, better, stronger America moving forward. Education is the foundation of that,” Brantley said.
According to the APSEF, studies show that hands-on science lessons and outdoor curriculum increases students understanding and helps them retain knowledge of important subjects, like science and math. The outdoor classroom will also double as an amphitheater that will showcase student theatrical productions, school lectures, and a range of community-wide events.
The educational experiences students will be exposed to as they now have a safe place to get outside and get their hands dirty, will surely enhance the curriculum – making it more interesting and fun to learn.