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Published on March 4th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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School District Five student uses Eagle Scout project to design a sensory pathway

Photo Noah Fultz and Lake Murray Elementary teacher Carmen Plemmons

IRMO – When Lexington-Richland School District Five student Noah Fultz was a little boy he always knew he wanted to be an Eagle Scout.

Now as a freshman at Spring Hill High School and a current Boy Scout he is working towards his Eagle Scout Rank, Scouting’s highest honor.  Fultz is teaming up with Lake Murray Elementary School to build a sensory pathway on the school’s campus.

“The project is a sensory pathway and it is a painted area where the children can release their pent up energy and they can interact with it and play different games,” said Fultz.  “The kids spend a lot of their time in their classrooms and recess is the only time they can release that energy that’s built up, so this will be another way for them to release that energy.  It is something I would have loved to have when I was younger.”

Fultz is a graduate of Lake Murray Elementary School and his mother is a teacher at the school, which is why he chose it as the location for his Eagle Project. Lake Murray Elementary principal Kelly Reese is very excited about this opportunity. 

“I have had so many parents reach out over the past months.  They would see these sensory pathways on social media and would ask if we could get one at Lake Murray and of course it was always an idea but Noah is going to make it a reality,” Reese said.

“When Noah suggested doing this project at Lake Murray Elementary, I was thrilled because this is a wonderful way that he can leave his legacy and mark in the community,” said Lake Murray Elementary teacher Carmen Plemmons. “Noah remembered that on hot days at recess the equipment would get so hot you couldn’t play on it and you just wanted to be able to play in the shade.  The sensory pathway is one of those opportunities that can be done in a spot on the playground where we have shade that can be maximized by multiple children all at the same time.”

The sensory pathway will be made with paint that is durable and is able to withstand the elements and student activity.  The design contains several different pathways and is 38 feet long and 18 feet wide.

“Our students love to move and we know that that goes hand in hand to reaching a child’s full potential academically,” Plemmons said.  “I think the students will be excited because of the way Noah has made out the pathway.  It is going to challenge them, but also provide them an outlet to have fun and learn at the same time.”

Fultz hopes to build the sensory pathway in March with the help of some of his fellow scouts and donations from the community.  “I hope once the sensory pathway is built it will last for a really long time so the kids can continue to play on it for years to come,” Fultz said.

“We always hope that as students age they want to give back to their community and what a great opportunity this is for all of them to contribute to our school community,” Reese said.

To learn more about Noah’s Eagle Scout Project, please visit https://lmeseagleproject.weebly.com/.


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