Local groups donate field trip boxes to schools

Field trip student boxes are wooden boxes that students can use to carry out school materials and have a hard surface to write on when going outdoors for an educational lesson. They can even sit on them during a group discussion.

The Anoka Rotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 609 and TLC Toys of Andover teamed up to provide field trip student boxes for the fifth-grade classes of Cedar Creek Community School in East Bethel. Fifth-grade teacher Rich Rose and his class are in this photo along with Troop 609 Scoutmaster Keith Kessler, Scouts John Oldenburg (far left) and Doug Zinwiel (far right) and Anoka Rotarian Phil Knutson. Photo submitted

The Anoka Rotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 609 and TLC Toys of Andover teamed up to provide field trip student boxes for the fifth-grade classes of Cedar Creek Community School in East Bethel. Fifth-grade teacher Rich Rose and his class are in this photo along with Troop 609 Scoutmaster Keith Kessler, Scouts John Oldenburg (far left) and Doug Zinwiel (far right) and Anoka Rotarian Phil Knutson. Photo submitted

The fifth-grade classes of Cedar Creek Community School and East Bethel Community School in the St. Francis School District recently received a donation of field trip boxes from the Anoka Rotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 609 and TLC Toys, which is based in Andover and makes wooden toys for kids in underprivileged families.

Mel Hartman has provided 260,172 toys to kids since starting TLC Toys in 1990. His tools and volunteers provided and cut the wood. Troop 609 and Anoka Rotary members did the final assembly and staining before the whole group of volunteers brought the boxes to Richard Rose’s fifth-grade Cedar Creek classroom for a photo opportunity.

Rose said Cedar Creek and East Bethel community schools share a 160-acre site designated as a “school forest” under the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) School Forest program. The site includes two ponds, Cedar Creek, an oak savanna, restored prairies, two stands of red pines and deciduous forests and trails through the forest.

This property “is a gem, and gives teachers a rare opportunity to introduce kids to the outdoors,” Rose said.

“The ‘boxes’ will give teachers another tool to use when taking kids outside. The boxes will allow kids to carry tools, such as measuring tapes, thermostats, trowels, magnifying lenses, drawing materials and sampling bags, neatly outside.”

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