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OAES Has New Outdoor Classroom!

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OAES Has New Outdoor Classroom!
Posted on 10/16/2018
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Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES) will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly completed outdoor classroom space on Friday, November 2, at 1:30 p.m.

OAES is a state-of-the-art, green school built in 2011 by contractor Ledgewood Construction and WBRC Architects. Ocean Avenue has decided to expand the green school concept with a classroom outdoors.  The school continues to grow to meets the needs of its students and families by providing a world of opportunities in and out of the classroom.

The outdoor classroom was the vision of Ann Hanna, former OAES assistant principal and now principal of Riverton Elementary School, and has been the school’s goal since opening in 2011.

OAES’ vision for students is that they will achieve their highest potential by being knowledgeable, principled, and courageous young people who promote a healthy and more peaceful world. Classroom teachers are now able to extend and expand their classroom teachings with their students by allowing them to learn through observation and exploration in this natural setting. OAES continues to show students that what they learn goes beyond the classroom walls, and this will certainly be achieved in the outdoor classroom.

The design for the classroom came to fruition under Michael Johanning (designer of OAES), who provided his expertise and work gratis to the school; and the coordinated efforts of Dan Noblet, senior project manager, PC Construction Company and former Ocean Avenue parent. Through the partnership of PC Construction and their generous donation of skilled workers, and materials donated by Hammond Lumber, the outdoor classroom became a reality, helped along with countless hours offered by numerous volunteers, including city of Portland employees, Portland Public Schools employees, OAES faculty and staff, and parent/community volunteers.

For more information on the outdoor classroom at OAES, contact Principal Beverly Stevens at 207-874-8180.