A Huntington Station student gave back to his old school through the creation of an outdoor learning space.
Walt Whitman High School senior Andrew Martin was responsible for the installation of three benches made of decking and cedar, landscaped with plants and grasses, near the entrance of Birchwood Intermediate School. The space is intended to be a comfortable area for students, faculty and families to sit, study or reflect.
Martin said he pursued the project as part of the community service component to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable for a Boy Scout. He got the idea after talking with Birchwood Principal Anthony Ciccarelli.
“I have a special connection to Birchwood Intermediate School,” said Martin, 17, who received his Eagle Scout badge a few weeks ago. “I still go and visit my teachers there. I live close, so Birchwood has always felt like another home to me.”
Fellow Scouts in Troop 406 lent a hand with the installation, while Riverhead Building Supply donated $300 worth of materials and Advantage Rental Center in East Northport donated tools, Martin said. He collected some $1,700 through a car wash and cash donations.
Martin is a member of his school’s cross-country team and is an altar server at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church in Melville.