Schools illustrate the ingenuity – and the challenges – of outdoor class


At James Faulkner Elementary School in Stoddard, fourth and fifth graders started out their year in an unusual way – they built their own classroom.In the first three weeks of school, with permission from the town, the group of about 15 students, led by teacher Amanda Bridges, cleared leaves, rocks and branches from a small patch of forest near the school building. The end result is an open-air classroom with a rain tarp, fire pit, rock seating, portable chalkboard and hammocks strung… Schools illustrate the ingenuity – and the challenges – of outdoor class