Fort Scott High School Junior Ella Beth is moving forward with her independent study project of redesigning the Fort Scott High School courtyard with the help of the Timken Community Grant.
This grant will allow her to create an additional Americans with a Disabilities Act sidewalk and to resurface the existing concrete with a stamped overlay.
Additional funds will help purchase sun shades to increase the usability of the space.
The upgrade will take place this spring as soon as weather permits with the help of FSHS alumni, local businesses and student volunteers.
Ella is currently looking at ways to reduce the cost of the project to help stretch existing funds.
She is developing real-world problem solving and communication skills and learning the importance of building professional networks and community partnerships.
Grants, like the one offered by the Timken Company, are helping turn one student’s vision into a reality.
Submitted by Angie Kemmerer