LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation along with more than 100 volunteers will work to build an Outdoor Learning Lab at Brookfield Elementary School in Chantilly, Va. on Friday, May 31 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The project, funded by the Redskins Charitable Foundation, will provide students at Brookfield with a dynamic new Outdoor Learning Lab where teachers can lead exciting and engaging outdoor experiential lessons that add relevance, purpose and real-world meaning to every subject. This event, called the "Big Dig," is hosted by Out Teach, a national nonprofit that coaches and inspires teachers to unlock student performance with the power of outdoor experiential learning.
"We are thrilled to partner with Out Teach on a new outdoor space where Brookfield students can experience new ways to learn and engage with nature," said Carlyle Neyazi, Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Senior Director of Special Events & Development. "This event is particularly special because we’re able to provide Redskins players, staff members and volunteers with an outlet to come together and give back to their community in a unique and meaningful way."
The entire Redskins rookie class as well as Redskins staff members, Foundation Leadership Council members and volunteers will be in attendance to assist with a number of tasks including painting, planting and building during the "Big Dig." The Redskins Charitable Foundation will also be announcing initiatives for the NFL's Huddle for 100 campaign during the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
The project began with students drawing out the different features they wanted in their Outdoor Learning Lab. With even more ideas from dozens of parents, teachers, and administrators, the Out Teach team created the final design and volunteer building plan based on the school community’s vision.
By the end of the day, the new Outdoor Learning Lab will be complete with dozens of features that enhance instruction and give students hands-on lessons in every subject. The finished outdoor classroom will have seating areas, white boards, raised vegetables and flowerbeds, a weather station, earth science stations, rain barrels, animal and insect habitats, and more.
Out Teach will then provide years of training and professional development and coaching to show teachers how to use each different feature to improve instruction and deepen student understanding. By leading engaging outdoor experiential lessons, teachers will get students excited about school and give them a deep understanding of what they’re learning, building a strong foundation of knowledge on which to grow.
For more information on the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s programs and events, or to donate, visit www.redskins.com/community, or follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RedskinsCR or on Instagram at @Redskinsgiveback.
Any questions regarding this event should be directed to Jessie Johnson of Redskins Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-726-7077. Media interested in attending the event should also contact Jessie Johnson.