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Broken Arrow Eagle Scout works to make Vandever Elementary garden handicap-accessible

Posted at 12:46 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 18:40:08-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Eagle Scout Andrew Singletary combined his passion with a project that will leave many students at Vandever Elementary School with more opportunities. 

When Andrew was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three, doctors told his mother, Rebecca, he wouldn't be able to talk. Now, he's leading a project to help special education students. 

“I am very proud of him. He has been through his own obstacles and challenges, and he just wants to give back to the community," his mother said.

It all started when Andrew and his fellow Eagle Scouts began doing volunteer work with Vandever's garden club three years ago. He noticed handicapped students weren't able to join in the fun. 

“He has a huge heart for kids with disabilities. He’s worked with Special Olympics and he’s really very concerned that it be fair and equal to all the kids with special disabilities ... that they get the same access as everyone else," said Vandever Special Education and Garden Club Teacher Tobey Bullington. 

The Eagle Scouts will work with a construction company to add cement and ramps to the garden so students in wheelchairs, and with other disabilities, can now have access. 

“My project is about helping handicapped kids so they too can have a good experience while working with the garden," Andrew said. “Because it might help the community a lot. Even those kids that want to have big dreams some day, make their own gardens.”

He expects the project to be complete before the start of the school year next week. 

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