For students (above) at The Children’s School, their Friday classroom is in the woods. | Provided

We at The Children’s School (200 S. Oak Park Ave.) agree with Richard Katz in his letter: “Open-air classrooms for all schools” [Viewpoints, Feb. 16]. Nature is our biggest classroom. More time outside and learning in nature benefits students in so many ways.

Richard Katz’s sketch (above) of an open-air classroom for Brooks Middle School. | Provided

After COVID, each of our K-8 classrooms chose a designated place outside to conduct classes whenever possible. In addition, the whole school spends every Friday in the woods. Our students, teachers and families love our outdoor spaces and Fridays in the woods so much, that we are making many of these changes permanent even as COVID mitigations lift.

Tracy Litsey
Oak Park

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