Over the course of nine years of scouting, starting as a Boy Scout at eight years old, Nick McManana has been instilled with a simple idea.
"The lesson that I have learned is that volunteering and giving back to the community is something that I want as a part of my life," he humbly shared with the SAS Board of Education last night.
Now as an Eagle Scout candidate and a junior at Saline High School, McManana is pursuing that idea through his Eagle Scout project, which is intended to provide an opportunity for fun on school grounds for a range of folks.
His project entails erecting a storage structure on the grounds of Liberty School where "life-sized" games will be kept for use by students and community members alike.
The games will include favorites like Connect 4, bowling, and corn hole to name a few.
"This Eagle Scout project not only allows me to follow my values, but is a gift that I wanted to leave my community as a way to have fun for years to come," McManana said.
The "game shack" is aimed at special needs students, preschoolers, and anyone granted permission by the district's Community Education Department.
McManana is still in the fundraising phase of his project, with a GoFundMe [https://www.gofundme.com/f/saline-scout-project-for-specal-needs-amp-community] page in progress with more than $200 towards his $1,427 fundraising goal.
In addition to the GoFundMe crowdfunding effort, supporters can donate drinks and snacks to McManana for sale at a concession stand fundraiser that he has planned or by donating recyclables that he will turn in for their redeemable value or deposit.
His goal is to complete the project by January of next year and officially ascend to Eagle Scout status before his 18th birthday next May.
"I am excited for the day when the games are being used in the courtyard here in Liberty," he concluded.