Over the summer, 29 volunteers contributed their time and talents to the construction of a long jump pit for students at Springer School and Center. The project was the brain child of Bishop Fenwick High School sophomore Ryan Brensike, who attended the school for students with learning disabilities during grades 5 through 8.
In his ninth year of scouting, Brensike needed a project to complete requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. He decided the project must benefit Springer. “Springer helped me a lot,” said Brensike, “and I wanted to give back.”
Springer Physical Education teacher Mark Phelps remembers Brensike as a member of the Springer track team. “With a successful Springer track career, Ryan knows how valuable it would be for the team to have a long jump pit on campus,” he said. “This addition to our grounds will enable success for Springer students for years to come.”
A member of the track team at Fenwick, Brensike submitted a proposal to Springer for the installation of a long jump pit on the school grounds. He met with Springer Business Director Mark Priest last spring to put plans into place, then worked with volunteers to dig the pit, install wood framing around it, and fill it with a layer of dirt and then sand. “Ryan coordinated the project from start to finish,” noted Priest, “and Springer complemented his work by installing a shot put and discus ring nearby.”
With the completion of the long jump pit, Brensike has only to pass final board interviews to attain Eagle Scout rank.