In front of the student body, faculty and staff, we had the honor of hosting family members of Tom Merryweather for the dedication ceremony of the Merryweather Outdoor Classroom this morning.
Mr. Merryweather is the lead benefactor of the innovative, 2,000 square foot facility that has transformed the Old Trail campus and expanded our commitment to experiential and nature-based learning. Our special guests included Mr. Merryweather's daugther, Betsy Stuyvesant; his son, Tim Merryweather; and Tim's wife, Denise. Also speaking at the dedication was Erin McNamara, our new director of experiential and nature-based learning, whose work has been enhanced tremendously because of the facility.
The ceremony kicked off our first ever Community Assembly at the Merryweather Outdoor Classroom, which was led by this year's OTS Student Council President Thomas '22 and featured recognition for our cross country and tennis teams, a reminder about the start of the Book Fair later this week, and the singing of our Alma Mater.
It was invigorating to be outdoors this morning and to use the outdoor classroom in this way. We are incredibly grateful to the Merryweather family for helping us reframe the student experience at Old Trail and allowing us to deepen our unique connection to the national park through this facility.