MILILANI, HI -- Cadet Katelynn Burchette, LET 4, is the first JROTC Cadet in the State of Hawaii to achieve Eagle Scout. Her Eagle Project with Troop 664G was completed on 27 March 2021, to refurbish Four Squares at Mililani Uka Elementary, where she attending school as a child. She will be awarded Eagle Scout in June.
Her mission was divided into three phases.
- Phase 1. Remove the old squares using pressure washers.
- Phase 2. Measure and have the school sidewalks professionally mark to the correct size, using chalk lines and tape to have it prepared for painting.
- Phase 3. Paint the areas twice, and clean-up.
Justification for the project. The existing four squares were chipping away and the paint becomes slippery when wet, making it unsafe for the students to play on.
Additionally, there were not enough four squares for the students to be able to all play, so they spend most of their recess waiting in line. By creating more four squares they will be able to play together and learn skills like fairness, honesty, and teamwork.
Katelynn said "I have been planning and working with the beneficiary for about 3 months. I contacted several companies for donations on food and supplies. I reached out to troop members for the use of their pressure washers and other tools/equipment. Home Depot donated all the painting supplies for my project. I created five different hopscotch designs and drew sketches of them and the four squares for my volunteers to use as a template. To figure out the placement and amount of paint I would need I measured out areas and did the math then checked my work with my project coaches. My only out of pocket costs were on food to feed the volunteers and gas for the pressure washers. My project was completed in two parts - 2 separate Saturdays. The first part was to remove the existing four squares painted on the sidewalks and in front of two class buildings. Gas operated pressure washers were used to remove the existing paint. While completing this task, with the School Principal’s approval, we also completely removed six hopscotches that had the same situation as the four squares. A challenge I faced was having difficulty removing the existing four squares in-front of the 5th grade building.
The second part was to create nine separate 10ft by 10ft four squares and repaint the four existing four squares. We created five hop scotches. Our morning started with chalk lining the four square and hopscotch designs. We then blue taped the outline and painted. After the two coats dried and we removed the blue tape, we used stencils to spray paint the numbers. Both Saturdays of my Eagle Project was a great success. I'm very thankful for all the donations I received. I'm also very thankful for all the support and help from the volunteers. My project ran smoothly thanks to the amazing teamwork exhibited by the Scouts and Adults. The School Principal, Mr. Nakasato is very appreciative of this project."