The Ottumwa Courier

May 4, 2013

Outdoor Learning Center gets fundraising boost

By CHELSEA DAVIS Courier staff writer
Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — Eisenhower Elementary’s Outdoor Learning Center is nearing completion, thanks to the fundraising efforts of its students and alumni.

The school set a goal to raise $5,000 in order to install a walking trail in the center. On Friday, students surpassed that goal by raising $5,233.97 and holding a walk-a-thon. Each lap around the school earned the students a brightly-colored bracelet — and they weren’t alone. Indian Hills basketball players joined in on the fun, rounding the school and collecting their own bracelets.

One class even got to have a pizza party with the basketball players. Joni Rodgers’ third-grade students, who raised a total of $476 toward the grand total.

A year ago, students planted native Iowa flower seeds in the center to begin a pollinator garden, which they now use for science and writing classes while observing the butterfly garden, frogs, dragonflies, geese and more.

The students had another incentive to raise that much money: If they did, Principal Deb Cook would dress up as Wonder Woman. Walking into the school, the first thing patrons saw was the blue- and red-clad woman, complete with tiara and Lasso of Truth.