In 2018, Mrs. Maida, physical education teacher at Shohola Elementary School, approached members of Boy Scout Troop 71 looking for someone to build a gaga ball pit for her students.
Gaga ball is a variety of dodgeball that has become very popular with school-age children. Mark DeBlock, a Life Scout from Troop 71 in Milford, thought this would be a great idea for his Eagle Project.
With the guidance of his troop leadership, along with the project coach, Bob Phillips, Mark developed plans for the project. He met with the Eagle board to present the plans and receive approval to proceed with the project.
Over the next year, he led groups of Scouts and adults in building the game pit. He resented it enthusiastically on Aug. 28 -- just in time for the new school year. He also presented a plaque dedicating the project to Mrs. Maida and to the students.
Mrs. Maida is retiring this year, but thanks to her idea and Mark’s efforts, her students will have an exhilarating outside game to play for years to come.