Learning blooms in Deerfield outdoor classroom

What began years ago with small planting and composting projects has blossomed into an outdoor classroom rooted in centuries-old Native American and Pilgrim traditions. Led by School Librarian Julie Krass and Master Gardener parent volunteer Jennie Goossen, Deerfield Elementary School now boasts three types of gardens that yield bountiful opportunities for student learning and engagement.

“The groundwork laid by teachers, the PTO and key parent volunteers over several years made it possible to expand from limited outdoor plantings and composting to a space where students and teachers could congregate to our now thriving outdoor classroom and gardens,” said School Librarian Julie Krass. She added that without Goossen’s guidance, the project would not be what it is today.

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