By: Brandon Chick, Contributing Writer
If you stop by Centralia High School you will notice three new planters at the front entrance.
The wooden flower boxes are planted with mums and pansies, and adorned with a metal Centralia ‘C’ on the front. These beautiful planters were built by senior Gabriel Maenner and members of Troop 90 as part of Maenner’s Eagle Scout project.
Maenner was encouraged by his Grandmother to join Boy Scouts and has been a member since he was six years old. Being in Boy Scouts felt like something that could assist him later in life and prepare him for his future, as he is already enlisted in the Army.
Some of Maenner’s favorite activities in Boy Scouts are the campouts and float trips. When he decided to earn his Eagle Scout badge he had to come up with a project that would have an impact on the community. Maenner decided the high school could use some cheer. “I wanted to do something for the school that would lighten the mood and brighten people's day. I also wanted to create something that would make the school setting look nicer,” Maenner said.
The flower boxes were built at his house with help from fellow boy scouts: Ryan Miller, Mason Metcalf, Isaac Tuggle and Matt Andrews. Jesse Knight, custodian at the high school, helped Maenner unload and position the planters in front of the school. The wood and screws used for the project were donated by Meeks. Maenner hopes people will enjoy the planters for years to come.