It took some 200 hours, but Andrew Adams is happy with his greenhouse because it wasn’t just for him.
For his Eagle Scout project, the Antioch High junior installed a greenhouse and added a walkway to it at Deer Valley High School.
The garden area is used by the school’s Community Based Instruction special needs students. Projects like this help them to master basic life skills.
According to Scoutmaster Matt Dunn, one of the CBI goals is to “provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities at all age levels to help students acquire the skills to live in the world today.” It is under supervision of teacher Bruce Ellison and James Koch. Dunn added that the program has been a “huge success.”
Adams has been with Troop 450 since 2011. His project included assembling a greenhouse and moving 8 yards of decomposed granite to form a path for students “to easily access” the garden and classrooms.
Krista Imperiale, an instructional aide with AUSD, has worked with the CBI program for the past two years.
“It was awesome,” she said of Adams’ project. “I took one of my students, who uses a wheelchair, to the walkway. She was thrilled to have access to the garden.”
Imperiale emphasized the importance of this new addition to DVHS.
“Having a greenhouse as part of the garden affords the students the ability to expand their gardening experience, plan more and do more. Our students take pride in our garden. The work they do boosts confidence and self-esteem. They feel a connect to the campus and overall community.”
In March of 2016, the school was awarded a $1,200 grant from the California Fertilizer Foundation to expand the DV garden.
With the help of 12 Scouts and adults assisting, the Eagle Scout project took two days to set up.
Adams is currently preparing the final paperwork for his Eagle Scout board of review.
“I have no doubt he will pass with flying colors,” Dunn said. “Andrew is a very thoughtful and soft-spoken young man who over the past six years has accomplished more than many adults have in their entire lifetime. I foresee great things for him in the future. It has been a pleasure to be his scoutmaster and an honor to be his friend.”
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