Eric Ball is on his was to
becoming a full-fledged Eagle Scout. Each Eagle Scout in training must develop,
manage and execute a community-based service project as part of achieving
this high honor.
Eric's project was to completely rejuvenate six planters at
McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos. Eric went to middle school at
McAuliffe and knew the planters had been installed a year ago as part of the
school's modernization project but never completely finished. The planters
needed more soil, plants and a weed barrier.
Before he could start making improvements, Eric had to be
sure the stone tops of the planters were protected from chipping and the installed
sprinkler systems would be treated with care. The weed barriers needed to be
installed, soil applied and an assortment of grasses planted--all over one
Agromin donated almost 3 cubic yards of organic soil and 1
cubic yard of organic mulch/topsoil to help Eric.
|Loading up Organic Soil at Agromin|
|Shoveling Soil Into Planters|
Eric, his father, Bruce (an Eagle Scout himself), his
grandfather Bob and family friend Dave Regnier loaded the Agromin soil and
mulch into their pickup trucks at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. The
soil was unloaded by hand by scouts and parents starting around 4:00 p.m.
Friday afternoon, October 26.
|Laying Down a Weed Barrier|
The second phase of Eric's project began at 8:00 a.m. the
next morning when he measured, cut and installed a weed barrier for each
planter. Next came planting the grasses, followed by spreading a layer of Agromin's
topsoil/mulch in the new planting areas.
Congratulations, Eric, from the Agromin team. We are proud
to be part of your accomplishment.
Labels: Eagle Scout project, Los Alamitos, McAuliffe Middle School, organic soil, school garden