The volunteers take a photo after two days of work on the St Rose Preschool playground. Their smiles show the project is complete. - Photo by Barbara Wolf

Eagle Scout Project Creates A Playground

St Rose Preschool students have a playground thanks to an Eagle Scout project.

After six months of planning and more than 300 hours of labor, Life Scout Ed Wolf from Troop 70 provided the three and four-year-olds with playground equipment. Ed spent December 7 and 8 with other scouts and adults who helped him to complete the project.

As part of the Eagle Scout requirements, Ed had to coordinate getting equipment such as a backhoe, auger, and a cement mixer for construction of the playground. He also had to arrange for donated material from various community businesses and food for the volunteer work force. To aid him in the project, Ed received support from St Rose School Home School Association, the school's principal Donna DeLuca, Father Bob Weiss, and Scouts from Troop 70.

The playground was built in two days through the help and cooperation of 18 adults and 35 youth participants. Under Ed's leadership, the adults were able to dig the 14 holes with the auger required for the playground's footings, as well as lay out and assemble most pieces of the playground. By sunset on December 7, four poles were secured in the ground with concrete.

On December 8, Ed and the volunteers spent all day building the playground equipment, which is located to the right of St Rose School. For the most part, the day went off without a hitch. Ed led the group to setting all the poles and platforms into place as well as adding slides, steering wheels, telescopes, benches, and in spreading the mulch.

After the playground was completed, it was thoroughly inspected by a trained professional from the manufacturer of the playground.

Bishop Loring, who was visiting St Rose on Sunday evening, blessed the new playground.


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