Westside Academy is in the process of becoming a “Green and Healthy School”! As part of the Green & Healthy Schools Network and Reflo, Westside is working to add green space, an outdoor classroom and more.
“Improvements will include installation of bioswales to manage stormwater, the addition of outdoor classrooms, tree plantings, areas to serve as school gardens and plans for curriculum that will incorporate ecology, sustainability and freshwater sciences. The improvements will impact neighborhoods, provide community access, and improve the quality of life in the city.” This is cited from an OnMilwaukee article about the project. Please check out the article here: https://onmilwaukee.com/raisemke/articles/mps-green-schoolyard.html
In addition, Westside will be adding a baseball and soccer field to engage students actively, a butterfly garden, raised beds. orchards, and more! “Research suggests that urban kids whose schools afford green spaces for learning and play help boost fitness levels, mental health and well-being, improve social and emotional development and improve academic performance, focus and behavior.” Cited from OnMilwaukee
Westside is very excited about this project and providing more learning experiences outside of the classroom to our students as well as the community! We are currently in the fundraising stage and need assistance with funding this project. Please consider donating to this project. We look forward to the exciting changes to our outdoor area and the opportunity to extend learning experiences to your students.
Please see pictures of the project below:
Additional information about the project can be found at the website below.
The Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee (GSCM) organized to improve the environmental, social, and economic health of Milwaukee-area schools and to increase eco-literacy among students, families, educators, and community members. By developing a local network of green school practitioners, agencies, and funders the GSCM intends on sharing resources and supporting meaningful schoolyard redevelopment projects that improve the quality of our watersheds while providing students with access to healthy green space and exciting educational opportunities.
Please learn more about Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee at this website: https://www.gscm.refloh2o.com/