Jackson Tinsley met some of his best friends when he was in preschool and kindergarten at the Lakota Early Childhood Center – now Creekside Early Childhood School.
So when the West Chester Township teen began brainstorming ideas for an Eagle Scout project, he immediately thought of the school.
“I had a great time there. Friends I still have today, I met there,’’ the Lakota West junior said. “I immediately through, What can I do to give back to that school?’”
Thanks to his efforts the school’s children once again have the use of an outdoor classroom – the same one he used as a preschooler.
Jackson spent 169 hours on the project he organized. He got help from 24 volunteers who spent 142 hours between last July and October, refurbishing the outdoor classroom, which had been closed due to disrepair.
The teens lay down mulch, stained benches, installed bird and bee houses, added stone steps and spruced up the outdoor classroom.
“I remember going through there when I was little and learning about plants and trees,’’ Jackson said.
To fund the project Jackson partnered with City Barbecue, which donated proceeds from sales to the project, and Lawn Care Service Plus, which donated mulch. He also received cash donations.