NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches Eagle Scout ran into some administrative red tape when it came to building a gazebo on a city trail, so he took his project elsewhere.
Nacogdoches ISD ended up being the grateful recipient.
Nacogdoches High School now has a gazebo on its grounds thanks to Eagle Scout J.D. Bryant.
The NHS senior installed the plaque that marks the project's completion.
The gazebo will be used as an outdoor learning environment for students, plus a gathering spot during lunch. The Boy Scout Troop 100 member presented the gazebo as a gift to the Organic Living Club.
"This will all be raised-bed gardens one day that the Organic Living Club will keep and maintain," Bryant said. "And it's just kinda to give food back to the community, and so this will kinda help them out and be a little bit of a focal point and then also serve as an outdoor classroom to any teachers."
During the construction phase volunteers from several organizations helped. The collaboration pleased Eagle Scout mentor Jim Lemon. He's all about involving the community through outdoor education.
"This is a raised bed," Lemon said. "It's kinda a prototype, and I will bring pieces over and have the kids build them. I want to be a support person, rather than a lead person."
Bryant came in under budget. The leftover funds were donated to the club.
"It's just exciting to have the Boy Scouts contribute this way," said Cindy Pruett, the sponsor for the Organic Living Club.
Others noticed as well.
The Nacogdoches Chamber dedicated the gazebo as a way to say thanks to a young man who wanted to give back to his community.
Bryant has set some personal goals. In the fall of 2017, he will begin studies at Texas A&M University to become a mechanical engineer.