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Jacob Miller

Eagle project gives inner-city kids chance to enjoy the outdoors

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Coffman High School junior Jacob Miller set up a play area for children visiting the Galloway Muha Foundation location to achieve Eagle Scout status.
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Thanks to Jacob Miller, children will be sliding, swinging and climbing in nature.

For his Eagle Scout project, the Coffman High School junior constructed a play area at the Galloway Muha Foundation location that gives inner-city children a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.

"I wanted to do a project for someone who really needed it and that will thoroughly appreciate it," Miller said.

The foundation was formed for Brian Muha, a young Westerville athlete and volunteer who was murdered in 1999.

Brian's mother, Rachel, said a home in Galloway was donated to the foundation to give children some outdoor fun.

"We bring the kids out here and have fun and play," she said.

"It's been working out and it's been great."

The addition of a playset will thrill the children, Muha said.

The project came to Miller after his sister, a Girl Scout, did a project for the Muha Foundation.

"The kids need a good place to play in the area because they don't have one," Miller said.

Muha connected Miller with a family that donated the playset and Kurtz Brothers donated mulch to lay around the playset.

Planning for the Eagle Scout project began in July, but the heavy lifting started last month as Miller and other Troop 299 scouts and parents helped dismantle the playset for the move.

"Twenty-five people from Troop 299 helped," Miller said, adding that 170 hours of work went into the project.

Disassembling the playset was heavy and nerve-racking work, Miller said.

"If something happened to it, we would have no project," he said. "We tried to take it apart in as few pieces as possible ... . It took 12 people to carry the tower."

Along with mulching the area around the playset, Miller also built two benches. The project was a learning experience for Miller and yielded a major life lesson:

"Don't underestimate the power of planning."

With the help of organization, everything in the project went according to plan for Miller, who joined the Cub Scouts in first grade.

With a long-time goal of achieving Eagle Scout status, Miller said he has greatly enjoyed the outdoor experiences the Boy Scouts has allowed and included a trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Being a Scout has also given Miller leadership experience and as the senior patrol leader he organizes meetings and outings.

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