Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Oklahoma City, OK

Located in Edmond, Okla., St. Mary’s Episcopal School’s Beyond the Classroom program offers special morning and afternoon childcare in an effort to provide children with a safe, secure, “home away from home” atmosphere. Beyond the Classroom students (BTC) focused their Great American Cleanup (GAC) efforts on 60 acres of school grounds. The students worked to expand the nesting boxes trail for bluebirds, cut down invasive pears in the native grasses with easy-to-use tools provided by Troy-Bilt. They also installed two outdoor classrooms of stones that are sustainable, low maintenance and will last forever.

Students cleaned up ponds as the water levels dropped, trail litter clean ups each visit, monitored the nesting of birds at St. Mary’s and earned national recognition as Advanced Bird Sanctuary by National Wildfire Federation. Donna Mackiewicz is the Director of Beyond the Classroom at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and is constantly participating in Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s programs. We appreciate everything she is doing to help students grow. Way to go BTC!

Beyond the Classroom, St. Mary’s School, Edmond, OK

Students from St. Mary School’s before- and after-school program — Beyond the Classroom — explore and learn outside in the natural prairie grounds at every chance.

Located at the end of the cross timbers, the children have cleared trash and rubbish, completed litter pick-ups on the school grounds, recycled paper, added more nest boxes to the bluebird trail, added two stone classroom-seating areas, planted gardens, and built forts by clearing undergrowth of Eastern Red Cedars.

Trimming the branches, cutting invasive pears, and planting the gardens was a breeze with a grant provided by Troy-Bilt. Oklahoma Master Naturalists conducted a tool-safety and tree-pruning workshop for the kids and guided their use, as the tools were used to keep Oklahoma (and America) beautiful!