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Scout Project Beautifies School

Volunteers help add two landscaping beds.

Landscaping isn’t cheap. But because of an enterprising Eagle Scout, Langston Hughes added two landscaping beds worth roughly $1,100 in plants, mulch and topsoil.

Hill Montague, a 17-year-old senior at South Lakes High School, chose the landscaping job as his Eagle Scout project.

Hidden Land Landscaping in Reston donated the plants and other materials. “It was really nice to link up with the landscaping company,” said Montague, who also rallied 18 local volunteers to help with the project. “I was pleased with the turnout.”

Last month, starting early on a Saturday morning, the team dug several holes for the plants, including two magnolias and 32 perennials, then laid mulch on the beds.

Montague was in charge of all aspects of the project. He worked with Hughes Principal Deborah Jackson, coordinated the landscaping with Miss Utility to ensure the digging was safe, and directed volunteers during the project.