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City commends Eagle Scouts for projects at elementary schools

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New Albany City Council on Oct. 2 recognized two New Albany High School seniors who recently became Eagle Scouts, the highest rank that can be achieved by a Boy Scout.

New Albany Mayor Nancy Ferguson read proclamations for David Stanislav and Jared Abramowitz, who both completed projects on the New Albany-Plain Local School District campus earlier in the year.

Stanislav built benches for an outdoor classroom at the K-1 elementary building.

Former interim K-1 principal Peg Snow, who worked with the district when Stanislav built the benches, said they are the appropriate height for kindergartners and first-graders. She said it became a popular place for teachers to read to students and helped to connect the students with nature.

Abramowitz built 32 raised garden boxes on the west side of the 2-5 elementary building. The boxes will be used for the school's edible garden project.

Bill Resch, the school district's environmental consultant, said Abramowitz went beyond the originally proposed project by doubling the number of boxes he built. The school now has 32 garden boxes with weed-blocking cloth in the bottom.

Resch said the boxes are used by the science classes as students learn about growing vegetables and about the local ecosystem. Service has become another component of the project because extra vegetables can be donated to a local food bank.

Both boys said they learned a lot from their projects.

Stanislav said he learned how to manage time and organize people to do the work.

"It was a lot of hands-on building, which took a lot of time and patience," he said.

Abramowitz said he was challenged to get people to help. He learned that individual phone calls were more beneficial than sending out mass emails.

He also said he was challenged by adults who wanted to help manage the project.

To achieve the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout is required to lead, manage and organize workers for his project.

"I had to manage the adults (to not) control the project," he said.

Both relied on friends and fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 361, which meets at All Saints Episcopal Church in New Albany.

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