There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony June 4 for an outdoor classroom designed and built by Beecher ninth graders (class of 2016) last year. The outdoor space is located in a previously unused area between the Moses Lacy Field House and Beecher Administration Building on the Beecher 9GA campus, 1020 W. Coldwater Road in Mt. Morris.
M’Lis Bartlett, a University of Michigan doctoral candidate in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Justice, led the design process with students and allowed the entire class to vote on what the final space would look like. This process included teaching students Beecher history and allowing them to explore the natural environment around the school. The classroom space also acts as an alternative lunch space and gives students and families a place to relax before basketball games.
During summer 2013, Carrera, a summer job placement program, hired some of the ninth graders to help transform the concrete space into a landscaped classroom which includes benches and tables made from urban Ash tree lumber and recycled pieces of concrete.
This year’s ninth graders (class of 2017) planted flowers and vegetables in the space. A retractable awning and water catchment barrel have also been installed.
The program was funded by the Ruth Mott Foundation, a University of Michigan Arts of Citizenship grant, and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative- Great Lakes Fishery Trust.
A reception and press conference will begin at 5 p.m. The ribbon cutting will take place at 5:45 p.m.