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Future Teachers Rebuild Outdoor Classroom in Nashville

Tennessee’s future teachers took school improvement into their own hands with a first annual service project at John Early Middle School in Nashville on Friday, Sept. 25.

“Student TEA members from every part of our state gathered at John Early Middle School to make over an outdoor classroom,” said STEA President Raymond Boyd. “While some people talk about improving teaching and learning conditions at schools, we’re doing something about it.”

In five hours, 12 future teachers assembled park benches and built an elaborately landscaped study area outside of the school library.

“So many of our own teachers went above and beyond their call of duty while we were growing up,” said Boyd, a senior majoring in elementary education at the Tennessee State University. “Our group played a small part in improving learning conditions at John Early Middle, but we learned vital skills in the process.”

STEA members who participated in the classroom makeover shared their stories during the STEA Fall Conference dinner Friday night, which was attended by more than 75 future teachers from across Tennessee at the Cool Springs Embassy Suites Hotel. The conference included professional development sessions on Saturday.

There’s no word on what kind of project STEA members will tackle next. Please send your ideas to information@tnea.org.

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