Shoemaker Elementary School benefits from boy’s Eagle Scout project

Grand Island Boy Scout is completing his Eagle Scout project by building a new GAGA Ball Pit at Shoemaker Elementary School.
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 12:21 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - On Friday, Matthew Rosenlund, an 8th grader at Westridge Middle School and a Grand Island Boy Scout, helped complete his Eagle Scout project. The project was a long-time goal he had to help out his former elementary school.

Rosenlund’s project was to help raise funds, and then install a GAGA Ball Pit at the Shoemaker Elementary School playground.

Having a GAGA Ball Pit was something he wanted as a student at Shoemaker, and now he helped make it a reality for kids at the school decades to come.

“I remembered about how I wanted a GAGA ball pit, and I contacted the school and it turns out they were actually planning on building one, but they wanted me to install it,” said Rosenlund.

The pit, which is dubbed a gentler version of dodgeball and similar to four-square, cost just under $5,000.

Shoemaker Elementary students and Rosenlund helped the school raise over half the funds for the pit with a coin war earlier in October.

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