Eagle Scout project morphs into school-wide effort

Eagle Scout project morphs into  school-wide effort
Boy Scout Freddy Pacheco

The students at John N.C. Stockton Elementary School are happier in the mornings before school thanks to some colorful benches they can sit on while waiting for class to begin. 

Throughout the past school year, parents, grandparents, students, and Boy Scouts have made many benches, but the project began last summer when Boy Scout and former Stockton student Freddy Pacheco was deciding on an Eagle Scout project. 

Boy Scout Connor Barry
Boy Scout Connor Barry

Pacheco worked with Anne Davenport, a first grade teacher, on dimensions and design for two benches outside her classroom. Pacheco built the benches with the help of a few other Scouts and delivered them to the school at the beginning of this school year. Another Boy Scout, Connor Barry, also working toward his Eagle Scout project, got in on the action with fellow Troop 522 Scouts and made benches for 10 more classrooms. Those benches were delivered May 4.

When Robin Cantrell, grandmother of students Hallie and Robin Snowden saw the first benches, she asked her husband, Heyward, and son-in law, Andrew Snowden, to build some for outside Amanda Moore’s first grade classroom. Moore’s students were excited to help paint their benches in school colors, blue and yellow.

First grade students Gracie Gilley, Knox Harrell, Hallie Snowden and Isabelle Bowman help paint benches in the school colors.
First grade students Gracie Gilley, Knox Harrell, Hallie Snowden and Isabelle Bowman help paint benches in the school colors.

The enthusiasm for the benches grew from there. Some parents – including Stuart Linning, David Smith, Mike Cavin, Mark Sellers, Bill Messick, Ed Elster, Pat Sawyer, and John Campbell – worked together with other families to build benches for several classrooms, while some built just for one classroom. A portion of the bench project was funded by the Friends of Stockton.

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