Commentary by Brad Thompson
During some of the hottest days this summer, for his Eagle project, Peter Shrote of Troop 804, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, and other Scouts toiled under the midday sun to build a terraced garden at Union Elementary School. While the sun blazed down, they had to be dressed in long-sleeve shirts and other protective gear given the hazards of working with sharp materials and dusty concrete.
The project required quite a bit of engineering to make it functional and aesthetically pleasing. As anyone who has laid bricks knows, straight lines are essential. And though they are only high school students, the Scouts skillfully used various tools to ensure the bricks were exactly straight and level.
The purpose of the garden is to help elementary students study biology. When the new terraced garden is complete, the students and teachers will take responsibility for planting a variety of flowers and watch them grow. The plan also is to use composting as a way to recycle kitchen waste.
Funding for the project was provided by the Boone REMC, The Zionsville Optimist Club and the Union Elementary School PTO.