Way to go: Kenny Brown, Hicksville

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Kenny Brown said he couldn't pass up the chance to bring smiles to some elderly residents.

Brown, a Boy Scout and sophomore at Hicksville High School, spearheaded a project over the summer to build three picnic tables and plant a garden on the property of the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale. The project helped him achieve the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

For help, Brown recruited a handful of Scouts from St. Ignatius Troop 382 of Hicksville, along with friends and family members.

"The result was great," said Brown, 15. "Everyone was happy, and they can really enjoy their outside area now." Of the project's importance, he said: "It not only allowed me to demonstrate leadership, but it was a great way to see how people appreciate the little things."

The tables, each 6 feet long, were built with extended tabletops to allow for use by people in wheelchairs, he said. The garden is 700 square feet and includes hostas, marigolds and other plants.

To raise money for the project, Brown held a car wash and received donations from The Home Depot, Martin Viette Nurseries in East Norwich and Hicks Nurseries in Westbury.

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