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Dow Corning Carrollton site sponsors ‘4 Mile Outdoor Classroom’
|Carrollton, KY: During the week of May 14,
more than 600 students, teachers and volunteers visited the “4 Mile Outdoor
Classroom” sponsored by Dow Corning’s Carrollton, Kentucky site.
Dow Corning and the Carroll County school district have collaborated to
support the classroom for the past 15 years. Thousands of children have visited
the 218-acre property during that time, receiving hands-on education in an
Various student groups visit the classroom five or six times during the school
year. Activities have included planting pumpkin patches, growing mushrooms in
dead tree trunks, visiting the amphitheatre, butterfly gardens, hiking trails
and using the walking bridge over the creek.
On May 15, 150 fourth graders from Cartmell Elementary School attended
“Environmental Career Day” at the outdoor classroom. Students visited seven
stations, each with a guest
|speaker and hands-on activity. Topics
included wind energy, planting trees and solar energy. Students also had the
opportunity to become archeologists for the day by sifting through rocks and
sediments to find fossils.
“I was simply astonished to see the work and organization of the teachers and
volunteers for the fourth grade visit,” said Carrollton Site Safety Training
Coordinator Linda Jo Davis. “The opportunity for the students to learn in this
environment is wonderful, and the children will remember their experience for a
Environmental Associate Sharon Spears spoke to the student groups about safety
and the importance of treating the environment with care.
“It is great for the students to see us volunteers as people who work and make
a difference in their community,” said Spears. “We stress that these students
are our future leaders and will have an impact on the environment
Davis said that the classroom has become a tradition of collaboration between
the Carrollton site and the Carroll County school district.
“Many of the school teachers are children of retired Dow Corning
employees, and some of the students’ parents and grandparents work on site,”
said Davis. “It is exciting to know that my children attended the classroom
when they were in school, and years later five of my grandchildren are still
able to visit.”
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