Roxboro Community School received two GO (Go Outside) Grants from the North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Foundation last week. Sen. Mike Woodard delivered the news to the RCS eighth grade team and Exceptional Children Coordinator Jesse Mattos.
Sara Morrow, Chari Denny, Kara Roberts, Anna Foster and Natasha DeVenuti applied for the GO Grant to take their students on a field trip to learn about the North Carolina coast and marine wildlife. They will use their $2,500 grant to visit Carolina Beach and Masonboro Island this spring.
Mattos will use the $1,500 from her GO Grant to purchase inflatable kayaks and safety equipment so her students will be able to enjoy nearby Mayo Lake and the nature surrounding the lake.
Mattos said her students will be able to take learning out of the traditional classroom. “(They) spend a lot of time within these walls. We want them to get outside, to enjoy nature,” Mattos said.
Woodard said he had delivered the news of GO Grant awards to other schools in his district, but RCS is the only school thus far to receive two grants.
NCOHF’ mission is to ensure the health of the state, its youth and natural resources “by inspiring and enabling the next generation of passionate participants in North Carolina’s outdoor heritage activities.”
According to the Outdoor Heritage Foundation, “Research shows that both children and adults benefit from being immersed in nature. The mind, body and imagination all benefit from outdoor play. And it shows that once a child develops an understanding of nature and the enjoyment it brings, they tend to care more for it.”