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ETX student raises thousands to give back to community


An East Texas student is giving back to a local school he holds close to his heart. 

Will Arnold decided his Eagle Scout project would be to build a brand new playground for Caldwell Elementary School in Tyler. It is a school he and his brothers and sisters all attended. 

Arnold raised more than 6,000 dollars to purchase the new playground, then he called in some extra volunteers to help build it. 

Arnold's fifth grade teacher came out to see the work Arnold was doing. She said she cannot wait for her students to see what Arnold has given them. 

 "Will always did big things. We always bring the fifth graders over to this field to play because our other playground is mainly for the little kids; there's just not enough space, so the kids are very excited," said fifth-grade teacher, Kathy Haley. 

"I really wanted to give back to the school, how much it gave to me and my family. More kids have come since I have left. The school population has about doubled in size, so I thought another playground would be acceptable," Arnold said. 

Arnold is so proud of this project, he said he will probably drive out of his way to be reminded of how this all came together. 

This project is the final Eagle Scout requirement for Arnold, so he said the next step is planning his court of honor. 

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