Craven Co. school students learning outside in new alternative classroom

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Students at a Craven County elementary school will spend a lot of their remaining school days outside.

That’s all thanks to help from some local boy scouts.

JT Barber Elementary School now has a new outdoor learning environment. The facility holds dozens of students and teachers hope to use it as an alternative classroom. Two boys scouts working towards their eagle rank funded and built the outdoor area.

“It took me two days to actually build it, and then about four months of preparation for it,” said Thomas Pittman II, a boy scout who built the area.

Kathy Barber, JT Barber’s principal, said some children will learn better outdoors than inside a classroom. She said, “Being more receptive to an outdoor environment will make them more receptive to the learning in many cases.”

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