Volunteers lay foundations for extraordinary outdoor classroom
Senior staff and Student Union Officers from the University of Sheffield are helping to lay the foundations of an extraordinary outdoor classroom for children with learning difficulties.
Members of the University's Executive Board along with the new Students Union Officers took time out to work on an innovative project at Bents Green Secondary School.
The community school provides education for pupils between the ages of 11 and 19 who have special educational needs including severe learning and communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders.
Dedicated volunteers from the University of Sheffield gave up their time to help build a unique learning space which will be used as an outdoor classroom to stimulate pupils senses and academic development.
Abdi Suleiman, president of the Students' Union, said: "It was remarkable that with one day's hard work we were able to lay the foundations for a building that will be of benefit to the youngsters for a long time. It highlights the extraordinary power of volunteering and volunteers to improve, with even just a day's work, the lives of their communities.
"The outdoor classroom looks like an incredible learning space and I really wish there had been one at my school. I think it will really benefit the youngsters' education and it is very rewarding to know that we helped to make it possible."
The event was organised as part of SheffieldVolunteering's Volidays initiative. Volidays offer the chance for teams across the University to work together and enjoy themselves whilst making a difference to projects and schemes across the city and surrounding region.
Stella McHugh, Manager of SheffieldVolunteering, said: "Summer Volidays is a fantastic event. It's a great way for staff to celebrate the end of the academic year and enjoy giving something back to the community they work in."
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