AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An Amelia County High School student is taking on an ambitious project: Building an adaptive playground for kids with special needs.
But with a deadline approaching, he still needs some help — his Eagle Scout requirement is on the line.
“I’m building an adaptive swing set for the special needs class at my high school for my Eagle project,” said Lucas Hasenfus.
The rising senior has been a boy scout since the fourth grade and in his final year is looking to make a difference, so his teacher gave him an idea.
“She noticed I was having trouble finding a project to do, and she was just like ‘why don’t you build a swing set for the special needs class’ and I was just like that’s perfect,” Hasenfus said.
The project quickly became his passion.
“I really felt, I really felt for these kids that they needed something because Amelia is a small county … we don’t have the biggest budget out of all the others like Chesterfield and Richmond,” Hasenfus said.
The school board approved the plan and then Hasenfus says he “immediately had to go into funding …since the budget for this was $4,300. You can imagine that it was nearly impossible for me to raise all the money by myself.”
A month and a half later, Hasenfus says he’s raised about $2,800 in part because of generous donations.
“Cox & Company was my biggest donation … very generous,” he said. “Shade & Wise located in Powhatan donated all the concrete needed for the project.”
But Hasenfus says a big hurdle remains.
“The last thing we need is the mulch,” he said. “The rubber mulch is very expensive.”
However, Hasenfus is confident the park will get built.
“Everyone that has already donated, thank you, you were a big help,” he told 8News. “But I can’t stress enough, we would really like to get this done and built for the kids”
Hasenfus hopes he can start building the playground by mid-July.
“If you can, any donation is better than no donation,” he said.
Anyone interested in donating can do so on the fundraiser’s GoFundMe page or mail a check to the school at the following address, re: Lucas Hasenfus’ Eagle project/special needs swing-set:
Amelia County High School
8500 Otterburn Rd
Amelia Court House, VA 23002
The fundraiser also has a Facebook page, where Hasenfus gives updates on the project.