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414 Fanneal Harrison

Posted By Nathalia Gonzalez, Monday, April 21, 2014

A Tribute to Education 

Location: 5925 Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

As a recognized educator in the early 1900s, it would only seem appropriate to dedicate my garden to Ms. Fanneal Harrison in grounds that symbolize her efforts towards education.

Not only was Ms. Harrison a recognized educator, but she, along with Ms. Catherine Gavin, were the sole founders of the Out-Of-Door-School in Sarasota, FL.  This school was not like any ordinary school in the 1920s, it focused solely on an outdoor curriculum that enhanced a student’s knowledge towards the outside world.  With her medical training in the University of Michigan, her health camps for undernourished children in France, and many other credentials, Ms. Harrison found it fit to create a “place where physical, mental and spiritual development of the child may be normal joyous.”

The location I have chosen to plant my garden honoring Ms. Fanneal Harrison is at an early education school called Tiny Blocks Prechool in Coconut Creek, FL.  The reason I have chosen that school among many other schools in Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County is because Tiny Blocks is known within the educational community as one of the top schools that provide manipulative outdoor activities as part of their learning curriculum year-round. Recognized by the Coconut Creek Award Program, Tiny Blocks Preschool hold activities such as Sand Play, Outdoor Water play, along with many other recreational activities that promote what Ms. Fanneal Harrison promoted in her school programs.  An early school programs explained the teaching atmosphere at Out-of-Door School: "These teachers are not forcing children what grown-ups think the children ought to know; they are helping the children to find out what the children themselves want to know."  That is exactly what the educators at Tiny Blocks Preschool believe.  With these Indian Blanket flowers, alongside some other accent flowers to highlight their colors and a vibrant themes, Tiny Blocks Preschool and the public will be able to exhibit a symbol of the foundations of their beliefs of a creative outlook towards early childhood education.

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