FAIRVIEW: Russell Boulevard Elementary School cleans up outdoor classroom

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | 5:17 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Volunteers will gather Saturday morning to give Russell Boulevard Elementary School's outdoor classroom a makeover.

The outdoor classroom behind the school includes a fire pit, small amphitheater, vegetable garden, butterfly garden, prairie grass and wetlands area.

The classroom, installed 15-20 years ago, has become overgrown and needs to be upgraded.

Russell Boulevard preschool teacher and project coordinator Lora Faiman said projects planned for Saturday include clearing out plants and installing a rock path to make navigation more accessible to students.

Volunteers met over the summer to begin the clean-up.

"What we've done already is pulling weeds and laying mulch. Our pretty immediate plan is to put in a gravel path," Faiman said.

Any volunteers wishing to help with the cleanup can meet at the school.

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