Royal Farms donates funds for new outdoor classroom at HEMS

Royal Farms has donated $20,000 to Hampden Elementary and Middle School #55 (HEMS) to fund a new state of the art outdoor classroom and nature playground area. 

The new classroom and nature playground will feature a natural Maryland theme and will include permanent amphitheater seating for students, natural balance and climbing equipment, and native plants. The project is being led by International Landscaping and Design, a local Hampden-based company, and construction is slated to begin February 2021.

“In the midst of a pandemic that is reshaping education, we are excited to offer the students at HEMS a bright spot – an outdoor classroom space in partnership with Royal Farms.” – Dr. Katrina Foster, HEMS #55 Principal

“Royal Farms home office is in Hampden, so its special to our company that we are able to fund this outdoor classroom and nature space for the children in the community here. We know that this new space will enhance the students’ educational experience at Hampden Elementary and Middle School.” – John Kemp, CEO of Royal Farms.

Here is a sneak peak at the design. Groundbreaking coming soon! Stay tuned.