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    The Hills of Sherwood Forest Elementary School


                Sherwood Forest Elementary School has many wonderful educational adventures happening inside the buildings on its campus, but have you ever thought about what happens on its hills?  The hills of Sherwood Forest are used not only by the students and the staff, but also by community people.  Look around any day of the week or the weekend, during any season of the year and you will see folks using and enjoying the hills of Sherwood Forest.   One of the first things to notice is that when people drive to our Forest, they have to look uphill to see it.  From Silas Creek Parkway, drivers look uphill from the intersection and see our name in bright blue letters.  While driving or walking past Sherwood Forest School, people must look uphill to admire our fifty-year-old historical structure set atop the hills.

    Hill formation occurs several ways in nature.  Long before home developments were built on these Sherwood Forest hills, nature lovingly formed them.  Our area is in the piedmont region of North Carolina.  Our piedmont region is between the coastal plain and the mountains.  When traveling from east to west, from the coastal plain to the mountains, through the piedmont, travelers notice that the ground changes from mostly flat to mostly hilly.  Maybe Mother Nature knew in her spirit the special place Sherwood Forest School would become and carefully used her natural forces of pushing up land and erosion to create each slope.

               Depending upon the steepness the hills, and their proximity to a mountain range, they may be classified as foothills.  In some countries, if the top of hill is 1,000 feet above sea level, then it is considered a mountain.  Sherwood Forest has no mountains, but a trip to the Hills of Sherwood Forest may be as memorable as a trip to the mountains.

    All driveways to Sherwood Forest lead uphill.  Friends and families must travel uphill to come to this special spot atop the hills.  Likewise, each must travel downhill to leave.  Even if folks park on the surrounding streets, they must walk uphill to be able to enter this special place known as Sherwood Forest, and then walk downhill to leave. 

    When the treasures that are its students arrive as car riders, whose parents pull down to drop them off, those children walk uphill to enter those educational portals. Some climb uphill on stairs to the fourth fifth grade wing.  Some ride uphill on their school buses to be dropped off at the top.  Each eagerly makes his or her uphill trip to come and be filled up with the knowledge and the joy of Sherwood Forest.

    Each month quite a few classes exit to fire drill hill. A hill separates the upper and lower playgrounds.  Viewing galleries spring up on hilltops for sports and recess.  Even though the afternoon bell rings and the children leave the Forest, the hills do not lose their draw.  After school, the community comes to the hills with pick up games and sports practice. Leagues eagerly sign up each year to have their sporting events on the Hills of Sherwood Forest.  There is always weekend family play on the inviting playground or wide-open spaces atop these hills.

    There is also seasonal hill usage.  During the hot summers, laughing children run or roll on these memorable hills.  During the winters, families find a nearby snow retreat and sled or slide building many memories for years to come.

    While we must give Mother Nature the majority of the credit for these picturesque hills, we must give ourselves some credit too. Knowledgeable people landscaped these hills and thereby set them on a course to remain forever.  With their rainwater catch basins and protective formations to keep Silas Creek on its predetermined path, they made a mark on the land that will serve generations for years to come.  Last, but not least, let us remember that each fifth grader will take that walk over and down the hills of Sherwood Forest to explore the world of Silas Creek. 

    So, as we come uphill to the Forest each day to do our beloved work of teaching and learning, let us leave downhill, back to the world to be a soaring light of encouragement.


    Sherwood Forest will always have a special place in my heart,


Last Modified on November 28, 2012