Dodson Elementary Teacher Seek Community Support to Build Outdoor Classroom

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Dodson Elementary second grade teachers Wendy Anderson and Lauren Trinisewski Greeley are seeking community support to construct a multipurpose recreational area for students in the broken asphalt that currently surrounds the school building. As members of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Impact: Leadership in Education Program Class of 2018, Anderson and Greeley have chosen to revitalize this space as their School Impact Project. According to Greeley, “The entire grounds surrounding Dodson Elementary school are made of broken concrete. We want to provide a green space, called a Pause Pod, for our urban students to enjoy on the campus of our elementary school. By creating a recreational area for the students to use, it will not only make their recess/free time more enjoyable, but it could help to foster learning in a more positive way.”

Anderson adds, “We plan to add greenery on the periphery of the Pause Pod, and the students and teachers could use this to learn about horticulture and enhance their science curriculum. The students would gain critical hands on experience to green space that they currently do not have access to.”

The project proposal, drafted voluntarily by staff from the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical School, is to construct a 22’ x 60’ (1320 sq. ft.) area overlaying part of the parking lot behind Boyd Dodson Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre. The project vision includes wooden benches encapsulating a rectangular rubberized mulch Pause Pod. The backside of the benches will be planter boxes allowing the students to nurture their own plants. The entrance will be flanked by two locking equipment boxes to hold recreational equipment. The area would have little to no upkeep or maintenance.

Greeley explains, “We are inviting community members and businesses to help support this dream. By participating, you would be helping to shape the futures of our students academically, physically, and emotionally. We are in need of financial assistance to purchase the materials. We are also seeking contractors willing to donate their time and expertise to build the space according to our prepared blueprint.”

Anderson concludes, “Our students deserve this opportunity, but we cannot complete this without the help of the Greater Wilkes-Barre community.”

To get involved in this project, please contact Wendy Anderson and Lauren Greeley at

(Information from Wendy Anderson and Lauren Greeley)

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