Service to others

By Chase Jordan

June 1, 2014

A set of wooden tables glistened under the sun earlier this week as Jackson Glover talked about his work for L.C. Kerr Elementary School’s garden.

“We put the wood together and stained them ourselves,” the Eagle Scout said about his project.

Several months ago, there was no place for the children to sit while they learned about gardening. Glover wanted to change that by building six tables. A project was a requirement for his Eagle Scout certification,and Glover wanted to do something beneficial to the community.

“I wanted to find something that was lasting, something that would help other people,” Jackson said of his decision to use the garden for his Eagle Scout project.

It took the Clinton High School Freshman about three months to complete the work.

The garden is a part of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s School Enrichment Program.

Amanda Bradshaw, 4-H extension agent, said the purpose of the garden is to be used as a teaching resource and to bring agriculture education into the schools.

She was appreciative of Jackson’s work, which improved the landscape of the garden, she stressed.

“Without Jackson, this project would have not been possible,” Bradshaw said. “It took a lot of manpower and family power to make this happen, and we’re really appreciative of that.”

Kerr School principal Jan Smith said the teen’s work brought a lot of excitement to the building.

“I was excited, the teachers were excited; this should last us for a long time,” Smith attested. “We love bringing the kids outside, and this can be used not only at lunchtime but it can also be used as an outdoor classroom.”

Jeff Swartz, Child Nutrition director for Clinton City Schools, said the students can dissect plants outside, which results in cleaner classrooms.

“They can do whatever lessons they’re working on right here at the tables,” Swartz said.

Jackson’s mother, Laura Glover, said she was proud that her son stuck with the project.

“It was a lot of hours spent,” Laura said of Jackson working with his father, grandfather and other Scouts to complete the project. “They spent a lot of cold and rainy days on it.”

The proud parent and L.C. Kerr teacher said his labor has inspired other children to become Scouts.

“I actually had some children say I want to be a Boy Scout,” Laura said. “It’s really a neat thing that he did. It lets them know that they can achieve things too. It gives them something to work towards.”

Jackson said becoming an Eagle Scout exemplifies that he’s gone a long way through scouting and acquired many skills to carry on a prosperous life.

“Now I get to be a mentor and guide to younger Scouts and friends who look up to me or ask for advice,” Jackson said.

Tony Faison, assistant principal, was also pleased with Glover’s undertaking, which will benefit the school in many ways for years to come, he said, stresses what others had said, that the tables offer an alternative way to enjoy a meal.

“We’ll come out here just to sit and enjoy the sun.” Faison said.