Freshman Nate Jackson is in the process of completing application to become an Eagle Scout, and, as part of that process, one of the big things on his to-do list this summer was to finish his Eagle Scout Service Project.
The idea behind Eagle Scout Service Projects is for a prospective Eagle Scout to perform a project that benefits his community. According to Wikipedia, "The project must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America, but it cannot be performed for an individual or a business or be commercial in nature."
So Nate got to thinking, and ultimately decided on a project to benefit the Outdoor Activity Center, which is a public environmental education and nature preserve located in west Atlanta.
"The center wanted additional hands-on activities in their nature-themed playground area," Nate said. "So, I decided to build an outdoor chalkboard that would be used for play as well as instructional purposes."
In addition to the chalkboard, Nate repurposed wooden platforms that were at the Center to create Tic-Tac-Toe and Checkers game boards to give children an additional activity.
Ultimately, after many hours of work, Nate was able to complete his project this summer -- with the support of many friends, family, and even a couple of Woodward teachers.
"I was able to complete my Eagle Scout Project with the support of family, friends, scout adult leaders, fellow scouts, and Woodward teacher Mr. (George) Dietz and Mr. (Paul) Vogt," Nate said.
Both Mr. Dietz (a former scoutmaster) and Mr. Vogt (a former Eagle Scout) were able to provide Nate with some expert advice throughout the process, helping him pick materials that would work well outdoors and also be sustainably sourced.
We love seeing this type of service-oriented work from our students, and we can't wait to see what Nate will accomplish next.
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