On Thursday, Aug. 9, Welby Community School families were welcomed back to school with a special ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of their new gymnasium, music room, library, and classrooms. The School District broke ground on this project in the summer of 2017. Outside the building, Mapleton is collaborating with area partners to blend the unique geological, cultural and agricultural history of the area into outdoor learning spaces and discovery play areas. The Welby Outdoor Learning Park vision is to create outdoor spaces that operate as extensions of the classroom. The School District is seeking multiple grant opportunities to support the construction of this project, and hopes to know more about the future of this one-of-a-kind project this fall.