9th grader Kenneth Reininger, son of Kenneth and Belinda Reininger, recently completed a monument for his former campus that is sure to last generations. The project was part of his journey to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts of America requires that each scout complete a project that benefits the community in order for them to reach the rank of Eagle. Kenneth chose to build a monument to honor Memorial Middle School along with much help from Troop 142 of St. Paul Lutheran Church and other friends from HCISD. Kenneth completed the project in two weeks and says he chose the project because he wanted to give back to the campus both he and his father attended for middle school.
Alex Gonzalez, Principal of Memorial Middle School, explains how administration worked with Kenneth on his project, “Kenneth first approached the school administration in January asking if we had a project for something that was needed at the school. He gave examples of possible projects such as a garden, tables, benches, etc. Since Memorial is a new campus and much attention was paid to landscaping already, it was difficult to decide on a campus need. Kenneth suggested the stone display with the word “Raiders” on the front. It is difficult to imagine from looking at a drawing how the final outcome will be. It turned out to be a wonderful display. It adds a special accent to the entrance of our property. We will enjoy seeing this sign as we enter our parking lot for many years to come. It is truly a special gift from an exceptional student.”
After completing the project he says, “I feel extremely proud of the project and I’m thankful for the help I received from friends, family, CRM, Tejano Brick & Block, Stuart Place Nursery, Dubose Signs, Bottello Brick Layers and architect Maggie Winter.”