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SkillsUSA members Ashton Knolles and Sonny Pusateri from North Platte (Neb.) High School recently took part in constructing outdoor learning components for preschool students at the nearby Buffalo Early Childhood Center. With help and supervision from industrial technology instructor Jeff Henne, Knolles and Pusateri — along with other volunteers — installed a Jeep structure for play and a stage where students from the childhood center can perform as part of the curriculum. Wearing masks as they worked, the students learned how to use post hole diggers and pour concrete to secure the structures in place, and portions of the outdoor classroom have already been put to good use. Henne and his students plan to continue building structures at the early childhood center to offer young students even more opportunities to learn and explore in an outside setting. By doing so, Henne’s students will gain more opportunities to put their growing skills to use outside the classroom while contributing to their local community.
For more, including a video of the students work in progress, visit: https://nptelegraph.com/news/watch-now-skillsusa-team-helps-construct-outdoor-classroom-at-buffalo-early-learning-center/article_b78bf436-0072-11eb-a58c-73ab0a61b633.html