School Celebrates Nature Center

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A Hermitage elementary school celebrated its new nature center on Wednesday.

Blessed John Paul II Elementary School held a dedication ceremony for students, teachers and parents to see the outdoor addition.

In December, WKBN’s Creative Classroom presented the school with a $500 check to help build it.

The community donated funds as well. The nature center includes an outdoor classroom, a nature trail and two gardens. The school also dedicated one of the gardens to Principal Marian Smith who is retiring this year.

“They love it,” said teacher Tracy Laidlaw. “They get to be outdoors for all different classes. They’ve gotten to take part in it to put it together. So it’s even more special.”

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