Woodgrove Student Brings School, Scouts and Local Landscape Company Together for Lessons Outside the Classroom
Late last year Woodgrove High School student Kyle Sargent began brainstorming for his Eagle Scout Project. Kyle realized that revitalizing an underutilized outdoor area of the school would provide a beautiful, permanent place where students could gather, meet, or have lunch while getting some fresh air.
Kyle’s next step was to figure out a way to make it happen. Recognizing that WildWood Landscape had done a lot of work in his neighborhood, Kyle initiated a meeting with its owner, Jason Dengler. After Kyle presented his concept, Mr. Dengler offered him guidance on how the project could be designed and implemented for optimum beauty, functionality and ease of maintenance. Equipped with this new information – and WildWood Landscape’s offer to donate design, materials, labor and installation for this project – Kyle prepared a detailed plan and proposal (including a budget) and presented it to his school’s administrators and Mark Rodgers, his Eagle Scout coordinator.
During the next few weeks, Kyle met with scouts from his troop (961, Hillsboro), parents, school officials, WildWood Landscape, and other business owners in the community (including Loudoun Milling, TW Perry and Abernathy and Spencer) to coordinate all the details to realize his project.
On Saturday, January 28, Kyle brought together 25 scouts (and their dads) to move eight tons of gravel onto the future courtyard. Mr. Dengler was there all day to oversee the project ensuring that the area was engineered for proper drainage. During the week, while students were in class, WildWood Landscape’s team installed the courtyard with pavers that they had cut and pre-assembled from a master design in their shop in Purcellville.
The next big day was February 18. Once again, the scouts came out to help Kyle lay two tons of decorative blue gravel dust, dig an area for a flower bed, and place mulch and edging around the new courtyard. With the arrival of warm weather, Kyle and his father planted roses to further enhance the area. Complete with picnic tables, Woodgrove High School students now have a great new place to enjoy. Assistant principal Ms. Cummings said “It looks great.” Assistant Principal Mr. Panagos remarked, “I have received lots of compliments on it.”
Kyle acknowledges that his success was possible due to the expertise and generosity of WildWood Landscape, “I am very appreciative of all the help, advice, services and materials [WildWood Landscape] offered … I wouldn’t have been able to do such a good job without his [Jason Dengler’s] help”.
Mr. Dengler is equally appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of a project that has so many benefits including the fact that it promotes kids spending time outdoors. “Everyone learned from this experience. [Of those involved] it demanded math, engineering, design, project and team management skills. Kyle did a great job of building a team and working together with a lot of people.”