Stadium Drive Elementary Principal Michael Zoccali says a new Gaga Ball Pit at the school’s playground is sure to ignite smiles and get a lot of use when school begins in August. 15-year-old Kaleb Sepe of Boardman chose to plan and build the Gaga pit as his community project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. It was completed on June 17, after months of planning.
A member of Troop 80 in North Lima, Kaleb raised more than $4,800 dollars in donations and worked with project mentors Rick Eberth and Erik Hammer. With guidance from Scout Master Kurt Hilderbrand, and a large group of volunteers including Principal Zoccali, they spent two weekends clearing and leveling the ground to build the state of the art pit.
“More than 360 Stadium Drive students, K-4, will be able to enjoy gaga ball during recess and on field days, “ said Principal Zoccali. “The kids have used an indoor pit that we have and they love the game. Now we can thank Kaleb and his team of scouts for adding another great element to our Stadium Drive playground!”