1. Springfield City Council funds $4 million Environmental Center project at Forest Park, cheered by supporters

    Springfield City Council funds $4 million Environmental Center project at Forest Park, cheered by supporters

    The City Council voted unanimously to authorize a $4 million project to renovate and expand the Clifford A. Phaneuf Environmental Center at Forest Park, bringing cheers and applause from supporters at City Hall including students, parents, and teachers. Burt Freedman, a long-time teacher in the Environmental Center of Our Schools program at Forest Park, said Monday night's council vote, approving the funds, ensures the long-term future of the highly popular, highly successful program.

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    1. We are now teaching the second generation of students to go through ECOS.
    2. It's really cool how it gets involved in nature because everything now is so focused on math and reading.
    3. I could not be happier about it (the project).
    4. Continually, year after year, it is by far their favorite experience.
    5. It's an appropriate tie in of education, respect for the environment, health and our beautiful Forest Park area.
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