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Former West student gives back to school through Eagle Scout project

This story was submitted by Trudye Confessore, music teacher at Vestavia Hills Elementary West.

guitar carts October 8, 2019 — During the summer, Hudson Winter, a previous VHEW student, contacted me about his Eagle Scout Project. He asked me if there was anything I thought he could do that would be useful for our Music program or for West. I immediately thought of guitar carts for the guitars that came from the grant we worked so hard on last year.

I didn't have the guitars yet, but I told Hudson that I would need carts for storage, and asked if this would be something he might like to tackle. Lucky for me, he said yes! He came to look at my ukulele cart, and at the space I would have to store my carts, and he contacted others who had built carts before for ideas on how to begin.

We signed the paperwork for the project mid-summer, it was approved in July, and Hudson started the fundraising and drew up the plans for the carts.

Right before school started the guitars were delivered, but stayed in boxes until the carts were ready. A couple of weeks ago Hudson asked for a few guitars for final measurements on the carts, and yesterday he wrote that he was ready to deliver!

Last night he and some of his family and scout team delivered the carts to West and we loaded the guitars onto them. They are BEAUTIFUL! 

Hudson will still need to present the final paperwork to his Scoutmaster for the final approval of a finished project, but once that is completed, he will be eligible for his Eagle Scout status.

This has been so rewarding for me to see a former student take such initiative and ask to give back to a part of the community he valued so highly.