July 10th 2014

Families of Faith Christian Academy

Playground Project

 

Families of Faith Christian Academy is located at 24466
W. Eames St., Channahon.

Micah McBride · Eagle Scout Project

"Can we play on it, yet!!?" exclaimed a young girl attending summer school at Families of Faith Christian Academy (FOFCA) in Channahon, as students sat patiently watching the volunteers hard at work finishing up their playground. The anticipation mounted as 14 year old Micah McBride and volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 44 of New Lenox and Troop 444 of Channahon constructed a playground border and filled it in with rubber mulch, Thursday, July 10th 2014.

As a current student of FOFCA, McBride knew that when the time came to plan and execute his Eagle Project, he wanted to help out his school in someway. Little did he know that day was just around the corner and sooner than he thought!

The school began the fundraising project last year in October 2013, asking grandparents and families to help raise the funds to build the students a playground. The students themselves held a quarter hunt fundraiser -searching for hidden quarters around the house- that amounted to over $500! In April, the playground equipment was constructed and the students waited- oh so patiently- for the safety border and mulch.

An Eagle Scout project is considered to be the most meaningful requirement to becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank. A scout is directed to "plan, develop and give leadership to others" in a service project deemed beneficial to a school, religious institution or community.

"Completing this project gives me great joy and a sense of accomplishment that I was able to immediately impact the lives of so many children for the better" says McBride, "that's what Boy Scouts is all about...making a difference!"

McBride was joined by fellow Scouts: Frank Cerny, Will Lester, Matthew Keblusek, Nathan Epperson, Matthew Hernandez, Dylan Norton, and Thomas and Nick Gambino. Church and school volunteers included Randy Blan, John Miskimen, Moriah Blan, Josiah Bestler, Travis Barr, Bill Martin, Marcail McBride (sister) and McBride's parents. A total of 18 volunteers directed and organized by McBride, worked for 5 hours constructing the border, laying weed barrier and transporting 14,000 lbs of rubber mulch by wheelbarrows. "It is amazing that these young kids can accomplish so much - and are willing to!" stated Valerie Martin as she stood watching.

"It really has been a massive community effort, grandparents (in and out of state), parents, students, teachers, Boy Scout troops (from two different cities) and local businesses -like Pizza Hut of Channahon,  who donated lunch for all the workers- have come together for a common goal of helping the students of FOFCA." said Principal Clark Llewellyn, "we are truly blessed!"

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