Wednesday Mar 09 2011
Boy Scout spruces up Spring View school
By: Paris Narayan, Special to The Placer Herald
One Rocklin teen took it upon himself to spruce up Spring View Middle School’s campus for his Eagle Scout project. A Whitney High School student, Ben Farnworth, managed to raise $1,500 in just three short weeks for bark, a new drip system, and plants for his alma mater. “I thought of a project I wanted to do that would help,” Farnworth said. As any good Boy Scout knows, the Eagle Scout is the highest level that can be reached. The Eagle Scout project is a community-based project, which needs to be approved by the Boy Scouts board. Before Farnworth, the back of the amphitheater at Spring View Middle School was dirt and weeds. Now, the area is filled with growing plants and a drip system. “I was thinking of random things I could do,” said 13-year-old Farnworth. Farnworth asked Principal Martin Flowers what he could do to help. He was redirected to Sue Wesselius, a district representative, who mentioned the plants and the new drip system for the school as his Eagle Scout project. With the help of his troop, Troop 220, Farnworth was able to help change his former school’s appearance. Some of Farnworth’s fellow troop mates, who helped him earn money and make this dream a reality, consisted of Logan Davis, Joses Watford, Evan Johns, Daniel Bates, and Andrew Schmidt. For three weeks they tabled outside of Walmart and asked for donations. Once the money was raised, they went to different suppliers and asked about discounts for mass orders of plants. Farnworth did everything on his own, from coming up with the idea of tabling outside Walmart to raising $1,500 – enough to complete not just half the amphitheater, which was the original plan, but rather the entire thing. “It was a lot of growth for him,” his father and scout master Robert Farnworth said. Farnworth not only earned his Eagle Scouts Badge, he managed to help the Rocklin middle school as well.