Dedication ceremony held for the new outdoor classroom at Emma C. Chase Elementary School

a group of people standing by a tree. They are holding up banners that say Chase Elementary
L to R: Cortney Larson, Healthier Generation Coordinator for Sullivan 180; Meaghan Mullalley-Gorr, Director of Health and Wellness for Sullivan 180; Chase Social Emotional Wellness Facilitator MaryAnn Swensen; Chase Principal William Frandino; Eagle Scout David Cooper; Troop 92 Leader Paul Langowski; and David’s parents: Dina and David Cooper.

The Emma C. Chase Elementary School held a dedication ceremony for its new outdoor classroom, a project led by Eagle Scout David Cooper. David is a current senior at the Monticello High School, and an alum of the Chase school. He worked with his troop (troop 92) to design and construct the classroom – six large tables and benches, and a podium on a soft mulch bed under the shade of a large tree in the school’s back field.

a young man in a boy scout uniform is standing at a podium holding a microphone
David Cooper takes the mic to address the Chase student body during the dedication.

The materials for the project were funded through Sullivan 180’s Healthier Generation grant, an initiative that strives to improve health and wellness in the youth of Sullivan County. Troop 92, the Town of Wurtsboro and Social Emotional Wellness Facilitator MaryAnn Swensen all played an integral role in bringing the project to fruition.

“There were many hours and hard work that went into this project,” Mr. Frandino said, addressing the entire student body. “It was a great example of cooperation and communication, and we thank everyone who was involved.”  

a group of people are seated at tables outdoors
The group is seated at one of the two sets of benches created by Cooper for the outdoor classroom