By Maya Pottiger
Pasadena Elementary now has two brightly-colored structures in its outdoor sensory garden: a xylophone and an abacus.
Jack Whittington, a senior at Severna Park High School, installed the structures for his Eagle Scout project.
“I always try to help out whenever I can,” Whittington said. “It feels good to give something back to the community.”
Whittington chose Pasadena Elementary because his mom used to work at the school. He spoke with Principal Jennifer Quirino to determine what addition would be most beneficial.
“We’re looking to develop that area and add more each year,” Quirino said. “I was approached by Jack, and we offered him a couple different options for projects, and that was the one he selected.”
The structures provide more tactile and visual equipment to the playground, Quirino said.
Whittington spent roughly six months working on the two structures. He had to special-order the pipes from a metal supplier.
“The hardest part was talking to all the different companies to get all the different materials we needed,” Whittington said. “There was a lot of different places that were selling a lot of different types of materials that we needed.”
Once completed, it took Whittington two days across two weekends to fully install the structures.
“They’ve been really excited,” Quirino said of the students’ reactions. “The addition of these two have given students more sensory opportunities, as well as music with movement. They love that stimulation of touch.”
Currently a Life Scout, Whittington said his motivation to become an Eagle Scout is due to his grandfather.
“My grandfather was an Eagle Scout, so it’s always been a goal of mine,” Whittington said.
Pasadena Elementary School wants to continue adding to its sensory garden. Any other groups looking for service projects are welcome to call the school at 410-222-6573.