Magazine article American Forests

Theme School Features Trees

Magazine article American Forests

Theme School Features Trees

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This autumn children at a rural school in northeastern Alabama will learn the value of trees and forests from an unlikely source--the school's design.

Students at Munford Elementary School, nestled in Talladega National Forest, will begin the 2000-2001 school year in a building with walls reminiscent of forest, water, sky, and sun; columns painted to resemble tree trunks; and a cave-like hallway with a lamp the shape of a lightning bolt. The goal: to help students understand the relationship between people and the environment, said Coy Mills, assistant superintendent for Talladega County schools.

We will use the environment to teach "reading, writing, math, science, [and] social sciences, rather than teaching the environment as a small part of the curriculum," Mills said. "Teaching students the truth about the proper balance of the environment and the use of natural resources will create informed, caring citizens as they grow into adulthood."

More than 780 students attend kindergarten through sixth grade at Munford, which lies at the foot of Cheaha Mountain, Alabama's highest point. …

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