Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 10, 2013
Bay School holds annual Applefest
Starts construction on outdoor classroom
From left to right, fifth-grade students Nicholas Laszlo, Oliver Woodward and Ezra Bramblett-Williams rake out stone dust to rebuild pathways at the Bay School on Saturday, October 5.
by Jessica Brophy
Celebrating the fall has been particularly easy this year, said Bay School director Khalif Williams.
“The Bay School community is happy, healthy and enjoying this beautiful fall,” said Williams.
In particular, the school’s annual Applefest event, held this year on Saturday, October 5, offered a chance for students, staff and parents to get involved in helping to improve the school’s grounds while also eating foods based around the fall harvest, especially the apple.
Williams said the school holds a day in the fall and the spring to celebrate the season and to bring the community together to work, play and eat. Projects range from carpentry and cleanup, painting to gardening.
“There’s a work assignment for each class,” said Williams. The docket this year included rebuilding some of the pathways to outbuildings.
“It’s a chance to help improve the grounds and come together and share in meaningful work,” said Williams. He said it is particularly important for children to see the adults in their lives come together for a common purpose. “Working and playing together creates bonds,” he continued.
One project this year included pulling up sod for what will eventually be a covered outdoor classroom space. “We have an agricultural arts program under the stewardship of the students,” said Williams. The space will be used as an outdoor learning space, and a place to sort produce.
Recently, the school’s outdoor greenhouse had plumbing added, with pressurized water. The creation of an outdoor classroom is an extension of this update. No longer does water for the greenhouse have to be brought from another building, said Williams.
The updates were funded in part with a grant from the Richard S. Petty Charitable Foundation, with additional donations from the school’s board and members.
“It has made the [agricultural arts] program self-sufficient,” said Williams.