Chapin Middle School student Wyatt Brooks looked to his community for a chance to give back this year as he sought to complete his rank of Eagle Scout.
In order to achieve the rank, his community service idea turned into a goal to help out his former school. He teamed up with Chapin Elementary and set out to better the playgrounds.
“I moved to Chapin about nine years ago from Chicago and Chapin Elementary was the first school that I could remember,” Brooks said. “I had a lot of fun here and I met most of my friends, that I still know today here and I wanted to give back to my community.”
He soon enlisted the help of his parents, siblings and friends to help him complete the project. The improvements included repainting and adding games like hopscotch and four square on the campus, as well as adding two sandboxes to the kindergarten playground.
“I am so thankful for all of their support,” Brooks said. “It takes a lot of hard work to become an Eagle Scout and it makes the job easier when you have friends and family to help you reach your goal. I know all of the hard work and dedication will pay off in the end.”
Chapin Elementary principal Jess Hutchinson said everyone is very excited about the opportunity and the finished product.
“One of my favorite things about our school district is we have so many families that are invested in the school district and in the community and they want to help do things to help better our schools,” Hutchinson said. “In this case, we have a student who was a student at Chapin Elementary who is not even in high school yet who felt the desire to come back to his elementary school and give something back. It just fills the heart to see that.”