Community service is always a commendable action. The idea of helping others out of nothing other than good will and the sheer feeling of having done a good deed.
However, all things started somehow, and for community service, it is when someone says, “This isn’t right,” and then takes the initiative to fix it.
That is exactly what Law junior Ratan Manohar is doing for the Connecticut Center of Child Development
The Connecticut Center for Child Development is a non-profit school that is dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other developmental disorders.
Manohar is in the process of renovating the exterior of the Connecticut Center for Child Development campus on Bridgeport Avenue for his prestigious Eagle Scout project.
“It’s truly inspirational,” said Law Senior Matt Oullette. “It’s not often people do things like this, and to think that it is being done by someone our age is just really cool.”
An Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn, carrying with it a sense of honor and accomplishment; something that Manohar tries to embody with his project.
“My neighbor has autism and goes to this school, I grew up with him and we became friends,” Manohar said. “When I saw that hs school needed to renovate, but couldn’t afford it, I decided to help out any way I could.”
Manohar’s project includes a check list including landscaping and tree trimming, replacing an old fence in disrepair with a newer one and other ascetic changes to make the campus better looking and generally safer for the students that go there.
“I think it’s an amazing thing for the community” said Law history teacher Mr. Batson. “It really embodies what the school community is all about, and people could really learn from his example.”
Manohar enlisted the help of Jonathan Law’s Key Club and together they’ve already put in over 30 hours of work on the job. “We got a lot done,” said Manohar, “But there is still many more weekends to come; we expect this to be at least a 100 hour job.”
To fund his project; Manohar has fundraised a preemptively projected total of $1500 for various expenses through equipment donations, and pancake breakfasts.
The fund raisers were successful and Manohar reached his goal. Construction and renovation of the Connecticut Center for Child Development’s campus continues.
Manohar hopes he and his army of volunteers can finish his project by the end of the spring so students can enjoy the new campus for the entirety of the next school year.