maconmagazine Macon Magazine maconmagazine September 12, 2019
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Leadership Macon Class of 2019 partners with the Ocmulgee National Monument Association to develop an outdoor amphitheater and classroom for the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. ACE Construction is slated to lead the construction of the theater. The class project will also include interactive STEAM trunks and restoration of the woodland house. The house was originally built in 2016 by ​a member of the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe,​ Neal Parr. The house, a popular visitors' attraction, was vandalized in February 2019 during the government shutdown. This year’s 40 person Leadership Macon class is aiming to raise $75,000.00 by the end of the year to fund the three-part project. The amphitheater, woodland house, and STEAM trunks will work together to enhance the experience of out-of-town visitors, local residents, students, and ultimately, the greater Macon community. ••• “The opportunity to expose children to an outdoor classroom experience which would link standards and skills learned inside the classroom to hands-on application, encourage critical thinking/creativity, and collaboration among their peers is phenomenal,” says Carmalita Dillard, the ​principal​ of Hartley Elementary School and a participant in this year’s Leadership Macon class. ••• The class aims to have the three-part project completely finished by the end of 2019. Visit the Ocmulgee Mounds website or Facebook page​ to give or for more information. 📸: @cismithphotography 🖊: @the_southern_siren

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