Eagle Scout completes perennial garden

PARKERSBURG -A former Worthington Elementary School student used his Eagle Scout project to beautify some green space at his alma mater.

Anthony Kist, a senior at Parkersburg High School and member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 92, completed his Eagle Scout project a few weeks ago, creating a landscape project at Worthington.

“I used to walk past that area and thought it had potential,” Kist said. He submitted the idea for his Eagle Scout project earlier this spring. He said the idea was the first one he came up with for his project. Kist approached then-principal Joe Oliverio with the idea. Worthington Principal Tom Wheeler – who took over as principal this summer, as Oliverio moved to the central office – came on board in mid-stream.

“A lot of teachers still remember (Kist) – for the good reasons,” Wheeler said.

Kist added landscape and design work to the school grounds, adding a plant garden to a common area and greenery along alongside the building. The garden is surrounded by a landscape block retaining wall built by Kist and volunteers. Wheeler said the wall is about 30 feet in length. Kist added topsoil landscape fabric, mulch and plants.

“They are all perennials; ferns, hostas and black-eyed susans,” he said.

Kist was able to solicit aid and donations from Scots Landscape, Home Depot, Project Sharing, his family, Troop 92 and the Worthington PTA. Kist said It took about a week to get all the material together and only a day to do the work, with help from volunteers, from the Troop 92, his dad and the PTA group. The work was completed in August, the weekend before teachers returned to school.

Wheeler contacted the news media to highlight Kist’s contribution to the school.

“Nothing is more important than giving back,” he said.

“It’s one of the best qualities we can put into kids; giving back to the community,” Wheeler added.