Eagle Scout project
Todd Wickizer, left, observes the retaining wall being constructed by Robert Miller, a first-year apprentice at Sun Valley Masonry, far right, and fellow troop member Justin John, center, last Saturday at Ironwood Elementary School. The wall is Wickizer’s project to earn his Eagle Scout badge. Wendy Miller/The Explorer

Students returning to Ironwood Elementary School this fall will find the playground is a safer place in which to play thanks to a project by Todd Wickizer.

The Northwest Tucson teenager is overseeing the construction of a retaining wall along one edge of the school’s playground to prevent children from slipping on gravel that is being carried from the perimeter of the playground on to its surface.

Wickizer, a member of Boy Scout Troop 209, took on the project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. In February, he emailed principals at all the schools in the Marana Unified School District and asked if they had projects at their school that needed to be done. He heard back from several, and selected Ironwood Elementary School due to its project’s safety factor.

Materials were donated by Young Block/Superlite Block masonry supply company and Sun Valley Masonry. The latter also provided the labor to build the retaining wall, using the project as an instructional tool for its first-, second- and third-year apprentices.

The project will be finished this Saturday, when Wickizer oversees the painting of the wall. Afterward, he will submit his application for his Eagle Scout rank.

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