Take It Outside: Scout Creates a Learning Environment at Smart Start – Davie County Enterprise Record


When Jackson Clark set out to do an Eagle Scout project, he wanted something that went beyond a typical scale.

He dreamed big and his project will now benefit some of the younger learners in the community.

Jackson designed and built an outdoor learning environment at Smart Start of Davie County, 1278 Yadkinville Road in Mocksville.

The fenced area features a whisper tube, sand/water table, music area with chimes, sensory wall, colorful PVC music element and story corner. The space has plenty of room for young learners and their caregivers to explore and play.

The outdoor learning environment will be a place where Smart Start parent educators can organize activities and meet with families. The space will also serve as the main location for a new “play and learn” program that will soon be launched.

The space has hosted a few hours of storytelling and has already been a meeting place for some families of parents as teachers for play dates. Families visiting Davie County Lending Library’s Smart Start found their way to the space.

The official ribbon unveiling took place on Wednesday, March 2, which was also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Smart Start staff were honored to have Jackson, his parents, Melissa and Jeff Clark, board members, family members and community members in attendance for the event. There were over 50 people present. It started with Jackson cutting the ribbon, then there was a story hour of three Dr. Seuss favourites, followed by time to explore and play in space, some arts and crafts and a snack. There was a photo op with Dolly’s cutout and a birthday card honoring Dr. Seuss for young and old to pose for a photo with.

We hope the event will pave the way as more activities are planned in this space and new programming begins. The Smart Start of Davie staff and board of directors are grateful to Jackson, his family, his scout troop, and everyone who donated and helped make this learning environment possible.

Those with young children are welcome to visit the space during MF hours of operation 8am-5pm Stay tuned to the Smart Start website and social media pages for more information on upcoming events.

Smart Start of Davie is a non-profit organization serving all young children and families in Davie County for over 24 years. For more information on early childhood education programs, contact 336-751-2113 or i[email protected] or visit www.daviesmartstart.org.

“The staff and I are completely blown away by this fantastic outdoor learning environment,” said Gena Taylor, Executive Director of Davie’s Smart Start. “We had suggestions for the space, and Jackson took our ideas and acted on them. Jackson is so creative, and he and his team were incredibly talented at creating unique learning spaces in the large fenced-in area. What a wonderful addition to our lineup. We thank Jackson, his family and fellow troop members for the countless hours spent on this wonderful Eagle Scout project.


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