GLADSTONE — Earlier this spring, young students in the North Kansas City Schools district took part in a ribbon cutting for Oakwood Manor Elementary’s new Outdoor Wonder Lab.

During the event, pre-K teacher Becky Dollins cut the ribbon.

“Students immediately begin creating walls with building blocks, drawing on their artistic talents or (were seen) simply playing on the interactive equipment. There is a playhouse, miniature sailboat and games to stimulate learning,” states a release about the lab space.

The imaginative space was funded with several grants totaling around $6,000 from Phillips 66, DonorsChoose and Walmart. The small patch of land next to the school used to be an overgrown garden and is now the interactive learning space.

“We are so fortunate to have great business partners who value our students and creative ways of learning. This would not be possible without their support, and we are thankful they shared our commitment to our youngest learners,” said Dollins.