ORLANDO | “I joined the Boy Scouts to learn about leadership, duty, character and honor since they are my top priorities in life,” said Eagle Scout and Lake Brantley High School student, Brandon, of Troop 200. To do so, he planned, raised money and led the repair and construction of the old greenhouse at Morning Star Catholic School, left unusable after a hurricane.
Brandon’s goal: “…teaching the students how to grow basic starter plants.” He explained, the greenhouse helps “various children who have special needs grow and learn about God. Since I was a former student at St. Charles Borromeo and often volunteered with the students at Morning Star, I wanted to contribute to the school’s mission and provide an opportunity for students to learn about plants and through their faith.”
The 15-year-old junior noted, “The greenhouse can provide learning experiences for the students that can’t be found in the classroom. It also teaches them the values of taking care of God’s creation and caring for others. This greenhouse will also encompass the virtue of patience for the students.”
Jessica Hubbard, director of advancement at Morning Star said, “Our greenhouse will work in conjunction with our educational vegetable garden, allowing us to begin our plants as seedlings in the greenhouse, before transferring them into our new, fully accessible garden. We are excited that our students will be able to begin using the greenhouse this fall in order to prepare plants for transfer in early winter.”
For Brandon, who has been “working hard in order to achieve the lifelong title of Eagle Scout,” the project was a win-win. He added, “For me, this helps build my Catholic faith by seeing God’s love work through the students.”
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic November 15, 2019