Hitting the trail

Fifteen-year-old Parker Liggett has just put the finishing touches on a project aimed at improving the physical fitness of students and staff at his former school, Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary.  Parker, now a 10th-grader at Hilton Head Island High, has taken the lead role in building a walking trail at the elementary school, and he hopes that his work will complete the community service requirement in his quest to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.  The materials used to build the trail came from a $1,000 “Whole Child Award” grant that went to five schools statewide that have created school cultures with programs that exemplify one or more of the tenets of “The Whole Child Initiative: Healthy, Safe, Supported, Challenged, Engaged.”  The School Improvement Council applied for the grant award, which paid for pre-treated lumber that was used to line the track, plastic liner to cover the ground and mulch to go inside the borders.