AZ Eagle's student, Rafael Debbins, and his Boy Scouts of America Troop 16 have completed a planting project to finish the landscape design for two outdoor classroom-learning environments at Keystone Montessori School. The project included planting fruit trees and bushes, trimming shrubs and removing trees, shrubs, and a tortoise house. A river rock run-off was also rebuilt. Garden pavers and mosaic tiles were re-purposed in the design. Over 163 man-hours were invested on project day, with Safeway, Domino’s Pizza and Sam’s Club helping with breakfast, lunch and water. The weather cooperated with cooler temperatures ideal for planting.
Rafael’s fundraising effort covered the project expenses, with additional support from Whitfill Nursery in Gilbert. Rafael invested almost 20 work hours in pre-project preparations. Over 40 Scout volunteers and friends came to assist Rafael in completing the project. The landscape update benefits the classroom communities by providing fruit for the students to harvest for classroom cooking and a calm outdoor space for their studies.