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Eagle Scout Project on the Grounds of Rocky River Elementary.

Justin Konopka stands on one of his new benches that he included as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Justin Konopka, a senior at Parkwood High School and son of First Grade teacher Cheryl Konopka, recently completed his Eagle Scout project for Troop 98 on the grounds of Rocky River Elementary.

Two hopscotch games and two four-square games were added to Rocky River’s blacktop for the Roadrunners to enjoy during recess as well as two benches overlooking the blacktop games for teacher use. An educational nature trail for all grade levels along with accompanying literature on plant and wildlife was also added.

Justin is a member of Boy Scout Troop 98 sponsored by Mill Grove United Methodist Church in Indian Trail, North Carolina. To become an Eagle Scout, Justin earned 21 merit badges and served in a variety of leadership roles including Patrol Leader. He also earned the Ad Altare Dei Religious Scouting Award.

In order to achieve the goals of an Eagle Scout, Justin had to design, plan and carry out an Eagle project with help of troop members. For his Eagle project, Justin designed and oversaw the completion of outdoor pavement games for the students of Rocky River Elementary School in Monroe, North Carolina. His project also consisted of building two wooden benches for the teachers to use while overseeing the students playing on the pavement games.

Justin also saw the need for an educational wildlife nature trail at Rocky River Elementary School. The trail consists of wooden markers which depict different foliage. A teacher guide was provided for each grade level to aid in lesson planning ideas. The project took several months to plan and execute. Justin is a senior at Parkwood High School in Monroe, North Carolina and has plans to pursue a college education in environmental science upon graduation.

Written by: Cheryl Konopka, 1st Grade Teacher, Rocky River Elementary
Posted: Sep 20, 2010 by Kristin Wiese

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