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WNC school takes the classroom outside

Thursday night staff, parents and students of Pisgah Forest Elementary School were on hand for the school's Ranger Rally celebration that marked its 25th anniversary. The highlight of the night was the ribbon cutting for an outdoor classroom now called the Ranger Station. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A mountain school mixed the old with the new by dedicating a new learning facility.

Thursday night staff, parents and students of Pisgah Forest Elementary School were on hand for the school's Ranger Rally celebration that marked its 25th anniversary.

The highlight of the night was the ribbon cutting for an outdoor classroom now called the Ranger Station.

School Principal Tonya Treadway said the facility would not have been possible without help from the community.

"We love to take advantage of the natural resources and all of the volunteers in our community and the care that they bring to our school," Treadway said. "All of the community outreach we take advantage of to make our educational experiences enriched and engaging to our students."

Adminstrators said the outdoor classroom is one aspect of a larger No Child Left Inside initiative to promote outdoor and experiential learning as a regular part of the school day.

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