Scouts fix playground, helping CDC

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Child Development Center playground was improved recently in conjunction with a Lewisburg boy scout's project for his promotion to the rank of eagle.

Since it was installed, there were uneven exercise bars at the playground that have been deemed inappropriate for child safety, so Boy Scout Todd Childress, 17, of Childress Road, accepted the challenge of removing them and improving the playground in other ways.

Childress is a member of Troop 173. It meets at Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

Other parts of the playground were painted and new gravel was placed on the ground. A spokeswoman for the CDC indicated that the Eagle project could have saved the center several hundred dollars.

Several other members of BSA Troop 173 participated in Childress' project, but left for other activities at the end of a hot day's work on the CDC playground at Old Columbia Road.

The Lewisburg Lions Club underwrote Childress' project with a donation of $300, the scout said.

Childress, who's just finished 10th grade at Marshall County High School, is the son of George and Anna Childress.

In other summer activities, Childress is preparing to go to Brazil with the Rotary Youth Exchange to be a student there for 11 months. He's to live with host parents who are Brazilian-Portugese people.