Students attending Ormond Beach Elementary next school year have a new classroom waiting for them.
Thanks to a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach, the Ormond Beach Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West, the school's outdoor classroom has been redesigned and rebuilt. The school now has safe space for students to learn science outside. Alex Youngblood of the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach said the former benches and desk were so old, no one was really sure how long they had been there.
"It was so rotted, we spent a couple hours just trying to get the rotted boards out of the ground," Youngblood said.
The three clubs spent about $800 to complete the two-day project last Friday and Saturday. All pitched in funds for the materials as a donation to the school for the project, which had been in the works for about a year. The clubs hope the structure lasts for a couple of decades, Youngblood said.
"We're just stronger working together," Youngblood said. "Service above self."
He added that OBE is the the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach's "anchor effort." The club does the school's gardening, conducts a Reading Buddies program, tutors students and takes care of outdoor maintenance as needed. The club is also part of the school's Student Advisory Council.
"We're really proud to be involved with OBE," Youngblood said.