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Scout, Leadership team erect playground

Scout, Leadership team erect playground
Scout, Leadership team erect playground
Derek Dishman, left, and Dana Kean, Leadership Harrison County graduates from the Class of 2005-06, help Kyle Stachewicz, a member of Troop 22, hang a swing. Stachewicz hopes to earn his Eagle Scout by overseeing the playground construction project.

Children now have playground equipment to use at Harrison Poolside Park in northwest Corydon, thanks to Boy Scout Kyle Stachewicz and the Leadership Harrison County Class of 2005-06.
The four swings, including two for handicap persons, and a unit that includes two slides and monkey bars, will be dedicated Sunday at 1 p.m. The public is invited.
Kyle, a member of Troop 22 in Corydon, wanted to build a playground as his Eagle Scout project. He had selected an area near the YMCA of Harrison County.
‘I wanted a project that would last, that would be meaningful,’ said the 15-year-old who has been in Scouting since he was 5. A former senior patrol leader, historian and scribe, for his Troop, he now is the Troop’s chaplain.
A playground seemed like a logical choice to the teenager who was used to living close to parks that had things for children to do. (The Stachewiczes moved to Harrison County about six years ago from the Chicago area.)
Tara, Kyle’s mother, said she and her husband, Paul, had tried to talk their son into completing a less demanding project. But he was determined to build a playground.
Acquiring funding was delaying the project. Not too many people trusted a 15-year-old with the kind of money that was needed to see the project through. That prompted the Christian Academy student’s father, who is also an Eagle Scout, to write a letter to the editor of this newspaper asking for support for constructing the playground.
Elsewhere in the county, the Leadership graduates of the 2005-06 class were beginning to think their class project would never come to fruition. They had wanted to construct a playground near the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool. They had raised some money through a spaghetti supper and auction fundraiser and grantwriting by Denise Griffiths; however, they couldn’t seem to begin construction, even after they scaled back the project.
But Leadership graduate Dana Kean saw the letter and made a pitch for her classmates to join forces with the Scout.
She and Derek Dishman were helping put together the finishing touches Sunday afternoon. They said the project was ‘tweaked’ to fit their budget. Kyle chose the colors of the equipment, which match those at the other Harrison County parks.
The project cost $20,000, not counting the concrete, which the group had failed to figure in. A donor, Limeberry Lumber Co. in Corydon, helped by providing the needed concrete.
Two other Leadership members of the class ‘ DeNeil Brown and Roger Meier ‘ also worked over the weekend on assembling the playground equipment.
Kyle now must complete and submit the required paperwork before he can be approved to receive the rank of Eagle. If approved, he hopes to hold his Court of Honor in the spring.
He also said the playground will be dedicated in memory of the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon, who was an Eagle Scout from Troop 22.
Claudia Howard, executive director of the Harrison County Parks Dept., helped with the project over the weekend. She said other Scouts have already expressed an interest in expanding on what has been accomplished by Kyle and the Leadership class.

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