Giving Back at West

Caroline Feiner

Caroline Feiner, a Centerville City Schools Senior and a former student of our Montgomery County Educational Service Center - MCESC Learning Centers chose to complete her Eagle Scout project in collaboration with Learning Center West as a way to give back to our program. Caroline made a very impressive sensory xylophone for our outdoor area. Students can use their hand to tap on the top of each pipe and create a pitch.

She said: "I wanted to give back to a place that helped me through one of the hardest parts of my life. I always found being able to enjoy the outdoors and have fun while doing it also helped me through that portion of my life. So my hope is to help connect students to the school, enjoy the outdoors, and also to be kind to each other."

She researched Dr. Bruce Perry, utilizing some of his concepts which we utilize in our Neurosequential Model Preschool Classroom.  Caroline is very interested in brain science leading her to research Dr. Perry and tied that into her project.  

"The goal of the Eagle Scout project is to "plan, develop, and give leadership to others."  However, they are also evaluated by the benefit to the organization being served.  As Caroline articulated, she wanted to give back to MCLC and the kids based on what the Learning Center gave to her. She listened to your requirements and tried to design something for your program's needs (height, stability, prevalence of rocks, etc) and which tied into Dr. Perry's neuroscience research (ie, the benefits of music and rhythm on trauma-impacted brain development) you guys discussed.  After a few months of planning, designing and preparing documentation, she then led a team of 10 Scouts and 5 adult members of her Troop for several hours over two days cutting, painting, and assembling the instrument.  It was all done with a lot of heart! I just wanted you to know she put a lot of thought and effort into the design for the kids."


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