Eagle Scout project gives Otisville Elementary a new outdoor classroom space

Andrew Monahan and parents and students

The latest Eagle Scout project to benefit the Minisink Valley School District is an outdoor classroom space designed and built for Otisville Elementary School.

Class of 2022 alumnus Andrew Monahan, a member of Otisville Troop 1001 and now an Ithaca College rising sophomore, chose to undertake a project to benefit the school. He attended Otisville for his entire elementary school career.

Andrew speaking“I wanted to create and complete a project as a way to give back to my elementary school for all that it did to prepare me for my future school years,” Andrew said during Otisville’s year-end, all-school assembly. “This was very meaningful to me and I hope students will enjoy having opportunities to have classes outdoors, when possible. I really think this has the potential to enhance their learning experiences.”

Eagle Scout projectHis research led him to creating an outdoor classroom with portable benches and a teaching station. This will provide an opportunity for faculty to  be able to teach in many different areas around the building.

Already, the outdoor classroom has been used for events prior to its official June 22 dedication.

earth day students“Andrew’s project is a unique one and will have a long-lasting impact on all our students,” said Principal Julia Downey. “I’m thrilled that he thought of us, and wanted to make a contribution to our school and our students’ academic experiences. This gives us many, new opportunities to enrich our students’ instruction. He will have a legacy here at Otisville.  We’re very grateful.”

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program. Only about 6 percent of all Boy Scouts members ever earn Eagle Scout status.