In their first year as a community school with Resource Coordinator Adam Fritts, Dogwood Elementary is blazing the trail to community engagement. Literally.
The community school formed an outdoor coalition last fall to coordinate the implementation of outdoor learning spaces on school property, with the intention of building on south Knoxville’s already existing outdoor culture.
Join the Dogwood Outdoor Coalition by contacting Adam Fritts.
Many community partners came together to develop a plan, which will include an outdoor learning center and nature trail in a five acre-wooded area behind the school for both student and neighborhood use. The long-term vision is that this small section of trail on school property will become a link connecting existing trails in the close-by Urban Wilderness, to Stanley-Lippencott Park, into Fort Dickerson, and connect to the planned Battlefield Loop.
On Jan. 7, 2016 the Dogwood Outdoor Coalition’s trail proposal was voted “the one to fund” by south Knoxville residents at the Knoxville SOUP event. Knoxville SOUP is a new grassroots gathering that’s part fundraising, part community meeting, “where democracy meets charity.” The Dogwood Outdoor Coalition is thankful to have community support behind them.
The Dogwood Outdoor Coalition includes Dogwood Elementary, Aslan Foundation, Lindbergh Forest Neighborhood Association, Legacy Parks Foundation, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Ijams Nature Center, Knox County Health Department, Sierra Club, CAC AmeriCorps, and Great Schools Partnership.