Thomas Wilbur (Barnesville School Class of 2015) was recently awarded the Eagle Scout honor from the Boy Scouts of America. Thomas started scouting as a first grader at The Barnesville School, in Cub Scout Pack 1241 and was in Scout Troop 829 throughout Middle School. He received the Eagle Scout honor in December 2016 as part of Poolesville Scout Troop 496. Thomas is a sophomore in the Global Ecology Magnet Program at Poolesville High School.
For his Eagle Scout Project, Thomas conceived, designed, built, and installed planting stations for Barnesville's Middle School greenhouse. Barnesville's Arts & Sciences Coordinator Tara Barnhart served as his mentor and school liaison. Thomas collaborated with Ms. Barnhart and Middle School Science Teacher Erin Farah to design the work area and planting tables. Local contractor John Hegarty of Craft Remodeling was an instrumental advisor for Thomas throughout the design and construction. Calleva Farm donated all of the wood chips and Mr. Markoff offered additional advice. In addition to local businesses, Thomas received support from his current and former Scout Troops.
Thomas said "After everything that Barnesville has done to help me, I wanted to be able to give back, and the eagle project was the perfect opportunity to do so."
To help with the final installation, Thomas recruited former classmates he's known since preschool and kindergarten: Thomas K. (Our Lady of Good Counsel High School), Tucker H. (St. John's Catholic Prep), Seth D.(Maret School), Marshall H. (Poolesville High School), and Marshall’s younger brother Luke who is in 8th grade at Barnesville. Marshall is planning an addition to the project in 2017. The greenhouse was built in the spring of 2016 by another Barnesville graduate, Trey V. Barnesville Class of 2013, for his Eagle Scout project.
The planting stations have been put to use starting vegetable seedlings that are currently growing in the greenhouse.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is an independent private school in Montgomery County, Maryland offering innovative preschool through 8th grade programs. Cross-curricular teaching encourages students to explore how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make connections that spark inquiry and deepen understanding. Small classes enable skilled teachers to engage each child in an academically challenging environment. Our 50-acre campus is our extended classroom, and we integrate nature into everyday learning. Barnesville is certified as a Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, demonstrating achievement in curriculum and instruction, community partnerships, and best management practices.