North Callaway High School receives grant to build outdoor classrooms


North Callaway High School will soon have an outdoor classroom.

The MFA Oil Foundation provided a grant to the R-1 District of North Callaway to help construct the outdoor classroom. He gave the grant to help with the purchase of outdoor supplies.

The foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that strive to better communities where MFA has a significant concentration of members and employees.

Melissa Leisinger, a teacher at North Callaway High School, applied for the $1,000 grant.

As a class, Leisinger said, the students were thinking about projects to help the community and came up with the idea of ​​building an outdoor classroom.

The class had read an article from Missouri Conversation magazine about endangered native birds and how Missourians can help with native plants and building homes, she said. Students could build a sanctuary to do their part while providing an outdoor classroom for the student body, she said.

Leisinger said her class plans to plant native flowers/plants and birdhouses for everyone in the school to enjoy. Picnic benches and flowers will also be added to the outdoor classroom. The classroom will be located near the campus courtyard.

“We want everyone to take full advantage of it,” Leisinger said.

The goal is to continue to grow the classroom, she said. It will be completed in the fall.

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