BTS Spotlight: Outdoor Classroom and Magnetic Whiteboards to Improve Mathematics


Grant #1: Outdoor Classroom Imagine a classroom without walls, where the fresh air invigorates both mind and spirit. Thanks to the Outdoor Classroom Grant, our school is set to embark on an exciting journey of outdoor education. This initiative isn’t just about stepping outside for a change of scenery; it’s about tapping into the immense potential of outdoor learning to unlock new levels of creativity, critical thinking, and academic achievement.

With studies showing that students who engage in outdoor classrooms score higher on standardized tests, the benefits are clear. But it’s not just about test scores; it’s about fostering problem-solving skills, encouraging collaboration, and providing an alternative teaching environment that resonates with diverse learning styles. Our outdoor classroom will accommodate 750-800 students, offering flexibility and adaptability to suit various educational activities and weather conditions.

Beyond the school day, our outdoor space will also serve as a community resource, inviting members to gather, learn, and connect with nature. The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact it will have on our school and surrounding community.

Grant #2: Magnetic Whiteboards for Mathematics Mathematics is more than just numbers on a page; it’s a language, a puzzle waiting to be solved. With the help of magnetic whiteboards, our students will embark on a journey of interactive, collaborative learning that brings math to life in exciting new ways.

Equipped with two panels, these magnetic whiteboards will empower students to work together, visualize concepts, and express their mathematical thinking with clarity and confidence. From illustrating equations to solving word problems, the possibilities are endless. And with 35% of math teachers already using whiteboards daily, we’re excited to expand this essential tool to benefit even more students.

But it’s not just about the numbers; it’s about nurturing a growth mindset where every student feels empowered to try, to learn, and to succeed. By integrating various learning styles and providing opportunities for hands-on engagement, magnetic whiteboards will not only enhance lessons but also instill a love for math that extends far beyond the classroom walls.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the generous donors who made these grants possible. Together, we’re creating an educational experience that inspires, empowers, and transforms lives. Stay tuned for updates as we bring these exciting initiatives to life!

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Grant Recipient:

Amy Slavens