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Forsyth Eagle Scout builds sensory garden

Eric Danielsson designs garden for South Forsyth Middle School

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May 13, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A South Forsyth High School student used his Eagle Scout project as an opportunity to give back to the middle school he attended.

South Forsyth Middle School recently unveiled the new sensory garden Eric Danielsson designed and built.

Nichole Stancil, SFMS special education teacher, wanted to create a project for the middle school's special education students to work on. She came up with the idea of a garden. Stancil got in contact with Danielsson, who jumped on the idea.

"What was so great about Eric is that he just went on and kept pushing forward and keeping his commitment," Stancil said. "He told me going into it, 'if you will get the grant, then it will be my responsibility to raise the money.'"

After the original application for a grant fell through, Danielsson organized fundraisers for the garden. He also designed the garden so it would primarily focus around the five senses, with wind chimes for sound, plants with texture for touch and decorations and flowers for sight.

"Initially the garden is all about the senses, but I think it is one of those projects that's not finished because there's always something we can work with," Stancil said. "It gives our kids something else to do other than be in a classroom, and they can feel good about themselves and have an accomplishment. It is so good to get outside and be a part of something."

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