John S. Hobart alumnus Daniel Guastella Jr., a rising junior at William Floyd High School and a Life Scout, recently completed a special project that gives back to his former school. Guastella has earned the rank of Life Scout by serving more than six months in Boy Scout Troop 414 and completing numerous hours of service for his community. He, along with the help of friends and family, recently filled the vacant planter that surrounded the John S. Hobart Elementary School sign with fresh plants, bushes, and soil for his Eagle Scout project.
“I wanted to give back to Hobart for all it has done for me when I went there,” said Guastella. “The school means a lot to me as it was the first school I attended and I had many great times there. I hope the project makes the school look even better and even more welcoming to students.”
This project was years in the making for Guastella, who said that the fundraising for it initially started back in 2016. “It took about two weeks or so to actually gather the materials needed and complete the project,” said Guastella. He added that the idea for this project came to him as he was reflecting back upon his time at Hobart and how he felt that it was time to help beautify the entrance.
“I have known Daniel for many years and he has always been the type of person that is looking for ways to help those around him,” said James Westcott, Principal, John S. Hobart Elementary School. “He takes pride in the community and put a lot of effort into this project which drastically improved the aesthetics of our school’s entrance. It does not surprise me that Daniel has achieved this level in scouts. I’m sure it’s just a preview of many wonderful future accomplishments and contributions to the William Floyd school community.”
As a Life Scout working his way toward the rank of Eagle Scout, Guastella prides himself on giving back to his community any way he can. “I believe that it is important for scouts to enhance and preserve their communities. The better the community looks, the better we all look.”