Ashburn, Va (June 4, 2014) – Life Scout, Alex Schwind, along with his Troop 1173 worked on his Eagle Scout project at Cedar Lane Elementary which was to add to an Outdoor Classroom. Mr. Marple, Principal at Cedar Lane, has been very supportive throughout this project and is eager for the students to start using it. Over 80 hours were logged on Saturday by other LCPS students, and Scout leaders as well as Mrs. Kruse, second grade teacher at Cedar Lane, in order to work on this project. There were 5 birdhouses built and installed including bluebird houses , a wren house and a woodpecker box. Three raised flower beds were built and installed as well as a 20 foot flower bed. In addition, five flower beds that were in disrepair were removed and the dirt was removed to fill in an eroded water drainage area. The students at Cedar Lane will be using the outdoor classroom for journal writing activities and nature observations. They will be using it for plant cycle curriculum lessons and will be planting native plants such as the three sisters to compliment the fourth grade Virginia History curriculum. In addition, the students in some of the self contained classrooms will be planting and watering plants for hands on learning opportunities that are sensory and pre-vocational in nature.