As coordinator of Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA, I had the privilege of visiting some of our affiliate cities and campuses in northern Georgia in October. I am sharing highlights of the trip over the next few blog posts.
In my first year coordinating Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA, I have had the honor of getting to know a number of outstanding community leaders. Jacquelyn Morgan, Master Gardener, substitute teacher, and Norcross Bee City organizer is one of those. Jackie was kind enough to take my coworker Stefanie Steele and me on a three-stop tour of thoughtfully-designed, community-focused pollinator habitat sites in Norcross.
Thank you to all the hard-working staff and volunteers who took the time to show us around Norcross. We are so grateful for your good work!
Outdoor Classroom at Norcross Elementary School
Our first stop was at Norcross Elementary School, where Jackie works, to see an excellent model for an outdoor classroom with newly improved seating, raised beds and rain barrels, which Jackie documented in her fundraising blog post: Creative Fundraising in Norcross, Georgia.
We had the pleasure of meeting Principle Sutton, STEM teacher Ms. Petree, and staffer Mr. Kendrick, who along with Jackie have created a welcoming, well-designed outdoor pollinator-focused classroom.
Summerour Outdoor Learning Center at Summerour Middle School
Our second stop brought us to Summerour Middle School where we met up with Tixie Fowler and Marianna Vazquez. At Summerour they have more than a single outdoor classroom—they have an extensive Outdoor Learning Center, created along the back of the property and incorporating parts of the adjacent woodlands.
Pollinator Habitat at Norcross City Hall
Our final stop in Norcross was at city hall, where we had the pleasure of meeting Mayor Craig Newton and a number of city staffers, and enjoyed a tour of their recently planted pollinator habitat in front of their city hall.
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