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Eagle Scout Project Encourages Students To Take A Seat

Robert Taylor and Don Miller, Director of Facilities, sit on one of the benches made for the bus loop outside Midlakes High S

Four long wooden benches built by a Midlakes graduate and placed near the front entrance of the high school bus loop will provide a respite to current students and visitors.

The 150-pound benches were built and delivered on Oct. 3 by Robert Taylor for an Eagle Scout project.

"I thought if the students had benches out here, they could sit down for a little bit while they waited to be picked up,” said Taylor, a 2018 Midlakes graduate now studying business marketing at Finger Lakes Community College.

He said he got the idea after another Eagle Scout project put benches near the entrance of the athletic wing of the high school.

"I think the students will love them," said Don Miller, Director of Facilities for the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District. "A lot of kids do wait out here for the buses and they’d just stand or sit on the grass. I wish there was more of this at the schools."

Less than five percent of all participants in Boy Scouts of America complete an Eagle Scout project, according to the organization.

Eagle Scout projects are used as a test of leadership while serving as a way to give back to the community.

Robert joined Boy Scouts Troop No. 59 about 10 years ago with the encouragement of his father, Pete. The troop meets at the Clifton Springs United Methodist Church.

Robert said becoming a Boy Scouts was at first to be around friends but as he grew older he began to enjoy it for a much different reason. "I really just stayed for the younger members and to teach them the ropes," he explained.