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Lamar Middle School Unveils New Outdoor Learning Center, Receives 400 Headphones From Toyota Of Irving

It’s a good day for Lamar Middle School. Earlier this morning, students, faculty and staff unveiled their new Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) and received a donation of 400 headphones from one of the district’s longtime partners, Toyota of Irving.

“We are extremely grateful to see efforts to create opportunities for learning and growth become a reality in digital learning opportunities through Irving’s generous Toyota donation and real-world science experiences through our new center. outdoor learning,” said Eric Ogle, Principal of Lamar Middle School.

Lamar Middle teachers of all grades and content areas will be able to use the OLC as a true outdoor classroom. The science department will take advantage of the space for hands-on experiments, including analyzing the direction of plant growth; understand the needs of plants for water, sun and space; and observe how the ecosystem interacts. The OLC will serve as a pollinator habitat as each plant has been selected for its natural appeal to pollinators.

As for future uses, the school’s LIFE skills classes will work in tandem with the science classes to grow a vegetable garden on the additional planters around the fence. This collaboration is extremely important, as the OLC was designed to be accessible to all students with a wheelchair-friendly design.

The campus is also celebrating the donation of 400 headphones, through a partnership with Irving’s Toyota. Allison Benavides and Areli Contreras, both students at Lamar Middle, accepted the donation on behalf of the school.

Sixth graders will use this generous donation from Toyota of Irving to connect to their iPads during class and at home for homework.

Mark Baker, Director of Community Engagement for Toyota of Irving, was instrumental in the donation and is thrilled to partner with Lamar Middle.

“Toyota of Irving knows better than anyone that technology is the key to innovation and progress,” says Baker. “We are thrilled that our earphone donation will help the next generation of Lamar Middle School students kick-start their learning and prepare for an exciting, tech-rich future. We challenge all organizations doing business in Irving and Las Colinas to do the same and support our local schools – it’s the best way to ensure the community we share continues to thrive.

Photos of Irving’s ribbon cutting and Toyota donation can be found in the district photo gallery.