Southern Miss center builds an outdoor classroom

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - A child care center at Southern Miss is working to upgrade their playground by building an "Outdoor Classroom."

The university's Center for Child Development cares for the kids of Southern Miss faculty, staff and students.

Center officials want to build an outdoor space that enables the children to learn about science and appreciate their environment. Carolyn Smith is the Project Manager at the Center for Child Development.

Smith said, "We want to have an outdoor garden so that we can grow our vegetables. The kids can see vegetables actually grow and plant our own flowers, so that they can participate in science. There are a lot of things that can be done outside other that just sliding down a slide."

To raise the funds for this ambitious project, the center is hosting a silent auction Monday that lets folks bid on items from area businesses in addition to handmade pieces from the center's children and teachers.

Officials hope to have the "Outdoor Classroom" completed in a year.

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