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Meyer builds outdoor classroom at Horizon in Eagle Scout project

MADISON – Nick Meyer’s work to earn the rank of Eagle Scout will allow students at Horizon Elementary School to conduct class outdoors.

Nick Meyer (CONTRIBUTED)
Nick Meyer (CONTRIBUTED)

“Trying to become an Eagle Scout is challenging,” Meyer said. “I know it will help me in my future … as far as getting into a good college and later a good job.”

Meyer has lived in Harvest since he was five years old. His mother teaches in Madison so he attended Horizon Elementary School and Discovery Middle School. He now attends Sparkman Ninth Grade School.

“Since I was at Horizon for eight years, I wanted to do something to give back to the teachers and to provide a good area for the students to be able to learn outside,” Meyer said.

At the edge of Horizon’s property in a wooded area, Meyer and his crew cleared a path to a large area to build an outdoor classroom. They built two picnic tables and benches for student seating.

“We also built decks and stairs to walk down to a creek where they could do water studies,” Meyer said. The project required loads of lumber, railroad ties, dirt, paint and concrete.

For his Eagle Scout project, Nick Meyer organized a crew and supplies to build an outdoor classroom at Horizon. (CONTRIBUTED)
For his Eagle Scout project, Nick Meyer organized a crew and supplies to build an outdoor classroom at Horizon. (CONTRIBUTED)

For the work, Meyer’s crew handled shovels, saws, hammers, screwdrivers, post-hole diggers, a pick axe and rakes. “There were over 1,100 hours of work and over $3,000 worth of materials,” he said. “A little over $2,000 was donated by Lowe’s and their Lowe’s Heroes program.”

His parents are Jeremy and Sabrina Meyer. He is a truck driver, and she teaches at Horizon. Nick’s brothers, Jacob and Joshua Setzer, are Bob Jones High School alumni.

“My mom started teaching at Horizon elementary in 2001. That is when my brothers and I started school there,” Nick said.

Nick acknowledged and thanked his family, fellow Scouts and leaders from Troop 86, along with workers from Lowe’s in Madison, who helped with his project.

The family attends Ford’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

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