Thank you to our Contributors and Supporters!

Sligo Creek Elementary School and Silver Spring International Middle School are grateful forthe the generous support and financial contributions of the following organizations and people:

Abrahams Lawn Service. Abrahams' Lawn Maintenance is dedicated to providing quality landscape services to its clients in suburban Maryland and northwest Washington, D.C.  Year after year our clients enjoy wonderful and dependable maintenance service.  We also offer professional landscape design and installation suited to the needs of today's families.

AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its nearly 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA has a long-standing tradition of community involvement both here in North America as well as globally. Corporate citizenship is a key value for the company and one of our commitments to sustainable development. This commitment goes beyond just donating dollars. It is about building partnerships to support community needs, enhancing the quality of life and engaging community leaders and employees. It is about listening to our key stakeholders and understanding their needs and expectations. We know the importance of extending our commitments beyond traditional economic roles to help build a better society. Building good corporate citizenship means a better environment for growth and prosperity for all stakeholders. Please find more information about AREVA at

Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection Rainscapes Program

Girl Scouts Troop 5017 (Daisies and Brownies) earned money from cookie sales to donate to the Outdoor Classroom.

The Maryland Environmental Trust is a statewide land trust that resides in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The MET’s mission is to provide landowners with information and tools to permanently protect natural, historic and scenic resources in the state. In addition, the MET provides grants to environmental education projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program. The Outdoor Classroom is honored to have received a Bill James Environmental Grant, given to proposed environmental education projects by school groups, science and ecology clubs, and other nonprofit youth groups.

Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935 and founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Each of the firm’s 24 offices focuses on local, regional and global work in a variety of practice areas. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is ranked as one of the top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools, and expertise. The firm's 1,500 professionals are thought leaders developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will’s culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. 

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza is both a chef-driven Italian restaurant specializing in New Haven style pizza, and your neighborhood pizza & beer joint. We take as much pride in being locally-owned and committed to the neighborhoods we've chosen for our stores as we do in our culinary pedigree and locally-sourced, all natural ingredients.

Piedmont Environmenal Council

Ruppert Landscape, an employee/family-owned business, provides commercial landscape construction and management from 17 branches offices in MD, VA, PA, GA and NC. Landscape construction specialties include: budgeting & pre-construction services, green roof installation, hardscape/irrigation installation, water feature construction, project & subcontract management, tree growing, moving and installation. Visit us at

Silver Spring International Middle School PTA

Sligo Creek Elementary School PTA

For three generations, the family-owned Tower Companies has maintained a commitment to responsible development andenvisions a world where buildings inspire and enrich the lives of their occupants, and create positive social change.   The green building leader owns, develops, and manages over 5 million SF in the Washington, D.C. metro area consisting of office buildings, office parks, lifestyle centers, regional malls, and eco-progressive urban communities with over 8,000,000 SF in development.   To align with their vision and goals to connect with the community, Tower organizes a volunteer day for employees each year so they can participate in Green Apple Day of Service with Sligo Creek Elementary and Silver Spring International Middle School.   Both of these schools are in the same district as several of their residential properties at The Blairs so there is a direct connection between the company, their residents, and the community. 

The three local Westfield Malls - Westfield Wheaton, Westfield Montgomery, and Westfield Annapolis - are supporting the Outdoor Classroom in the construction of the stage zone.

Whole Foods Market in Silver Spring has generously partnered with the Outdoor Classroom in a variety ways.

Whole Kids Foundation - Sligo Creek Elementary School was awarded a School Garden Grant in 2013. Whole Kids Foundation created the School Garden Grant Program in partnership with FoodCorps to provide a $2,000 monetary grant to fund school gardens and related activities. Since 2011, we have raised more than $3 million and funded gardening projects at more than 1,500 schools. 

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), is an interdisciplinary firm of architects, structural engineers, and materials scientists that specializes in the investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for historic and contemporary structures. WJE focuses on delivering practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions across all areas of construction technology. Since the firm's founding more than fifty years ago, WJE specialists bring the collective experience gained from conducting more than seventy-five thousand investigations worldwide to every construction challenge. WJE combines state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, nationwide offices, and knowledge sharing systems to provide solutions for the built world.