Martin School holds groundbreaking for outdoor quiet space

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Colleen Duffy (at center) with fifth-grade students at the groundbreaking for the school's new outdoor quiet space, which will be built over the next few weeks. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

Over April vacation, work began on an outdoor space to provide students with a quiet place to study and relax.

Amy Steel, who is leading the project along with Nicole Blais, said that when the space—an empty spot of land behind the school—is completed, it will include raised garden beds that teachers can use in their lessons along with benches and seats. One section will be set aside for student with disabilities.

One of the benches has been made by students at Tri-County High School, and mirrors a bench at Julia’s Garden. This space is the next phase of the school’s work to replace its playground.

It will have outdoor learning space for lessons and for kids who want a quiet place during recess,” said Steel on April 13, the day of the groundbreaking.

The project received a generous donation from Colleen Duffy, whose late daughter was a Martin School student.

They wanted to make a space like this,” said Steel. “She (Duffy’s daughter) enjoyed quiet spaces like this.”