All Saints Episcopal School rebuilds outdoor learning center after winter storm fire

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – A new space has been built after a fire destroyed the outdoor learning center at All Saints Episcopal School during this year’s winter storm.

During the storm, the school’s outdoor learning cabin experienced power surges before it caught fire. But now the sounds of learning, questioning, explanation and discovery are back among the trees of All Saints in Tyler.

“It was such a loss for us, not only in fitness, but it’s a place our students loved. We, too, in that same storm have lost our beloved friend MT, ”said Mike Cobb, principal of the school. “He was a 26 year old turtle who weighed 125 pounds and we liked him very much. During this time we really insisted to our students that we have to accept the loss, but we also have to decide what we’re going to do with that. ”

It was not easy for the students or the teachers. For Karen Lanford, a life sciences and leadership teacher who has taught All Saints for 16 years, the destruction “took her breath away.”

“The lesson was that you get up and brush your teeth, and you keep going. And you are preparing to make things better than they were, ”she said.

Shortly after the fire, administration and staff began to think about plans for the new space, Cobb said they couldn’t start construction until school was over.

“On June 1st we started to rebuild and we have now built the three cabins and have them all in place, and now we are able to take advantage of this very beautiful space with our outdoor chapel and our outdoor dock system” Cobb said. .

Lanford said the multi-use space on 15 acres is something that K-12 students all benefit from.

“It’s just fun to know that you come in each day with you maybe have a plan in mind, but then you look outside and something happened overnight,” she said. . “Maybe there’s a change, maybe a weather event, whatever. And it takes this lesson and the fact that children can engage their senses, and it arouses their sense of wonder, nothing replaces the possibility of using nature and this setting to help children explore other avenues and more. still on life.

They may have lost their Mr. T in the fire, but they now have a new one, Miss T, who is around 11 years old and weighs around 30 pounds, which Cobb said they couldn’t wait to get out of. occupy for years to come.

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