More Than 100 Charlotte Hornets & Novant Health Volunteers Build An Out Teach Outdoor Learning Lab For Devonshire Elementary

by Quinton Wash

Thanks to financial and volunteer support from the Charlotte Hornets Foundation and Novant Health, on September 20th, more than 100 employees will gather to build an Outdoor Learning Lab at Devonshire Elementary in Charlotte, NC. Soon, Devonshire’s students will have a dynamic new Outdoor Learning Lab where teachers can lead exciting and engaging outdoor experiential lessons that add relevance, purpose, and real-world meaning to every subject.

This “Big Dig” event is hosted by Out Teach, a national nonprofit that coaches and inspires teachers to unlock student performance with the power of outdoor experiential learning outdoors.
Planning for the project began back in May, when Out Teach asked the students to draw out the different features they wanted in their Outdoor Learning Lab. With even more ideas from dozens of parents, teachers, and administrators, the Out Teach team created the final design and volunteer building plan based on the school community’s vision.

Working in project-specific teams, on the day of the “Big Dig,” volunteers from the Charlotte Hornets and Novant Health will help build and create seating areas, white boards, raised vegetable and flower beds, a weather station, earth science stations, rain barrels, animal and insect habitats and more. By the end of the day, the new Out Teach Outdoor Learning Lab will be ready for teachers to use to enhance instruction and give students hands-on lessons in every subject.

Out Teach will then provide years of training and professional development and coaching to show teachers how to use each different feature to improve instruction and deepen student understanding. By leading engaging outdoor experiential lessons, teachers will get students excited about school and give them a deep understanding of what they’re learning, building a strong foundation of knowledge on which to grow.

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