Monetary donations are currently being collected for a project to build a covered patio outside the front of the Wakonda Heritage Manor. The patio will provide a space for manor residents and members of the community to gather outside. The project is being led by 16-year-old Douglas Sharples-Schmidt, a Wakonda resident and Eagle scout candidate with Troop 711.

“I wanted to pursue this project as my Eagle project because I work at the nursing home and I know the residents will enjoy having another space where they can gather,” Sharples-Schmidt said. “The patio will include some benches and landscaping around it and maybe a bird feeder as well.”

To pursue this project, Sharples-Schmidt is attempting to raise $4,000 in donations to pay for the needed supplies for the project. Once his fundraising is completed, professionals will be hired to pour the concrete for the patio. Then, Douglas along with other scouts and volunteers, will build the benches and the gazebo covering to go over the patio. Finally, Douglas will complete some landscaping around the patio to complete the project.

“I hope the space I create will be something really nice for the residents,” said Sharples-Schmidt.

He is currently seeking donations toward the project from area businesses, organizations, and individuals. Anyone wishing to contribute may send a check (written out to Wakonda Heritage Manor) to: Douglas Sharples-Schmidt, PO Box 355, Wakonda, SD, 57073. All money collected will go directly to pay for this project. Any money remaining after the project is completed will remain at the Wakonda Heritage Manor to benefit residents there.

Sharples-Schmidt hopes to complete his fundraising by the end of July so that construction can begin on the project in August. He hopes to have the project complete by September 1.

“Thank you in advance to anyone who is able to help contribute to this project!” he said.

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