Students build outdoor classroom at Good Hope Middle School

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Published: Feb. 28, 2017 at 6:15 PM CST
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Students at Good Hope Middle School, with help from their math lab teacher, have built an outdoor classroom.

"We didn't just build this for ourselves, we built this for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of other students," says Good Hope student, Charlie Toney. "Being cooped up in the classroom, it's not fun."

6th, 7th, and 8th grade students built the entire classroom in one day, all planned with help from their teacher, Jamie Hugghins.

"As an adult, I don't like sitting in a room listening to someone talk for more than 15 minutes," says Hugghins on what inspired with outdoor classroom. "After 15 minutes, you've lost my attention."

Hugghins says stimulating her students' minds in a creative way is just how she tries to do things.

"I just always try to find ways of teaching them where it's not just me talking," says Hugghins.

By putting her students to work for five months planning the classroom, the implemented math lessons with fun.

"Students that I teach played a part in creating the budgets and doing the math for figuring out how many pavers on each side and area," says Hugghins. "They also worked with West Monroe High School's STEM Department to build a scale model."

The scale model was built with a 3D printer. Today, that model was made reality thanks to materials donated by area businesses... and of course, the hard work of the students.

"Everything you see, the kids did. I didn't do any of it," Hugghins says.

In total, the project would have cost an estimated $4,000, but with donations from the community, the school only had to spend about $300 on the new classroom.