LONDONDERRY — A local Boy Scout is making gardens grow at his former preschool.
Eagle Scout candidate Michael Donovan, 16, was honored at Moose Hill School in a ceremony Oct. 2. The Scout helped develop and design the school’s Children’s Garden area as part of his Eagle award requirements. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 521 and is a junior at Londonderry High School.
Donovan was once a student at Moose Hill, part of the Londonderry Early Education Program, or LEEP. His younger brother, Aidan, 4, now attends the program.
As he researched a potential Eagle Scout project idea, Donovan thought of his first school.
“When I started, I got the idea,” he said. “This was the first place I came to.”
Donovan approached the Moose Hill staff about possibly taking on the garden project to help earn his Eagle Scout honor, the highest award given to a Boy Scout.
He also talked to school district grounds and building staff to get input on the garden plan. He included a 3-D model of the garden and even attended parent night events to offer information about what he was planning at Moose Hill.
Donovan then planned and carried out a fundraising effort to secure donations and materials to complete the garden.
The garden includes a commemorative brick walkway, with bricks being sold as part of his fundraising efforts.
The space also includes several raised garden beds, right at a young child’s level, so students can come outside and learn about growing things and gardening.
Preschool coordinator Lynn Slapsys said Donovan’s project will be a great addition to the school
“Each class will take a different planter box,” she said. “Now it’s part of the curriculum.”
Donovan said being a Scout gives him great opportunities to learn, to share his talents and to teach others.