Parkview Christian Academy senior Cameron Burgin decided to help his alma mater for his Eagle Scout project by raising the funds to install a flagpole and benches at the school's senior campus on Bridge Street in Yorkville.
Most of the time, he said, students never really noticed that there wasn't a flagpole at the school. Burgin's idea for the flagpole and benches came after the school held a "Prayer at the Pole" event outside of the school - even though there was no flagpole to pray around.
"So, we had the tallest guy holding up a flag on a little PVC pipe. He was holding it up for about a half-hour, and you could see him raising and lowering it as his hands got tired, and I thought, 'OK, we kind of need a pole,'" Burgin said.
To raise funds for his project, Burgin collected donations from family members and friends, as well as from members of the Parkview community who donated "without me even asking them, which was really nice," he said. Some supplies and materials were provided through discounts or donations by companies.
The completed benches and pole were installed at the school in early May, with work starting at the end of April.
But the project wasn't done there.
As a "really cool" touch for the project, Burgin reached out to U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, to see if he could provide a flag that had been flown at the U.S. Capitol. Hultgren, who has children in Parkview Christian Academy, personally delivered the flag, which flew over the capitol on May 8, to the school on Monday, when he presented it to Burgin, students and staff.
"It's going to be great, and I know the flagpole will last for a long time, and hopefully the flag will as well," Hultgren said. "It's just a great thing, with the scouting program, and so much focus on service and a breadth of experiences. It's a big project, and I don't know if I would be able to do what he (Burgin) did...I get to have a tiny part of that to celebrate a community coming together to accomplish a big project that will hopefully serve the school for many years to come."
"It feels great, that's the best way to put it," Burgin said. "To put something in action, and then actually having it get done, is one of the greatest feelings that I think I've felt...Coming to terms with it now actually being finished, and coming to the end of this project is an amazing feeling."