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New classroom at Crockett will take learning to a whole new place

Thanks to a $50,000 grant, David Crockett High School will build an outdoor classroom on its campus for its students, teachers, and the community to use.
East Tennessee State University and GEAR UP, a government grant program, have funded the classroom 100 percent. The school also received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant.
Officials involved with the project said the school will attempt to get matching funds in case the cost to build is higher than the grant amount.
In addition to the classroom construction, the project also includes trail clean-up, identification of several plants and trees native to the area, and a solar-powered interactive hub.
The classroom itself will be two tiers of 49 desks, and it will feature a retractable podium with speakers and a projector. Water and fade-resistant shades will keep the sun off students, and trees will surround the area. The classroom cannot be seen from the road.
Engineering students at Crockett have been working with local architects to help design the classroom, and the school’s masonry classes will be hired to help to build it.
In other news at Crockett, the school could receive an agricultural pavilion completely paid for through funding from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
According to school officials, a Crockett student approached school system officials after he saw another entity receive funding from the state for a livestock program.
That student, his mother, and State Rep. Dale Ford traveled to Nashville last week and met with Tennessee’s Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens about receiving funding for Crockett livestock programs.
Ford said Givens was “very receptive” of the idea, although no contract has been signed yet. The school board approved the pursuit of the funding and asked for cost estimates, though school officials said the funding would be 100 percent.
All county and regional agricultural organizations, and Daniel Boone High School’s program, would be able to use the pavilion, which would feature a barn area and a meeting area.