J.Y. is 15 years old. He's a sophomore at McCallie School and a member of local Boy Scout Troop 223. To complete his Eagle Scout Rank he's working with Principal Nikki Bailey to design and create an outdoor classroom at Rivermont Elementary School. Our $1,000 May grant coupled with most of J.Y.'s summer break equals completion.

Why? Eagle Scout candidates complete a project to demonstrate leadership of others while executing a project to benefit their community. With the help of volunteers from his troop, the school, the adjacent neighborhoods, as well as friends and family- the classroom includes picnic table seating for 24 students, smaller "stump like" stools, a lectern for teacher, as well as birdhouses placed appropriately in the area surrounding the classroom. And a partridge in a pear tree. Whoa.