LEICESTER, Mass. — The area behind Leicester Primary School is a more beautiful place for children to play thanks to Jake DeBrusk, who brought together more than 20 volunteers and community donors to complete his Eagle Scout Project.
"My goal was to also make it look nice for when they spend time out there," said DeBrusk, a senior at Leicester High School. "There are flowers, and it's a nice spot for them to go out and sit and eat lunch out there."
The project included building a small stone nature walk with signs on the birds and plants that make their home in Leicester, as well as a few beautifully landscaped picnic areas.
The project's goal was to show leadership, DeBrusk said. Although he found that it was a lot harder than he expected to direct people and get help all at one time, DeBrusk gathered a solid group of volunteers to make short work of the big landscaping project.
To get materials, DeBrusk sought help from the community, and said Sancousy Stone was a huge contributor along with donations from Howe Lumber, Mark Hovagimian, Breezy Gardens and Everlast Nursery.
It took only a day to complete the work. But for DeBrusk, the project's rewards will continue for years to come.
"I grew up in Leicester, and went to Primary School, so it means a lot to give back, and whenever I come back, it'll still be there."