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Jacob Goulding builds, refurbishes 16 platform boxes, part of his community service project for Eagle Scouts

COURTESY PHOTO: JACOB GOULDING FAMILY - Jacob Goulding, a junior at Sherwood High School, displays several of the platform boxes he helped create for the Sherwood High School cheer squad.A Sherwood High School junior recently completed his community service project, an achievement needed to obtain his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout rank.

Jacob Goulding went before his Eagle Scout Board of Review on Aug. 5, presenting them with his project — building eight new platform boxes and refurbishing the existing eight boxes for the Sherwood High School cheer squad.

Those boxes feature prominently at home high school varsity football games.

Goulding said he found out from his scoutmaster, whose daughter performed on the Sherwood cheer squad before graduating, that the squad was looking to create new boxes because the program had recently expanded its size.

"The plan itself took about two to three months once we got into it," said Goulding. "Once we got to the assembly and building section, that took a few weekends of community work with our collaboration with the boys in my troop and other family friends."

Goulding said he enjoyed the project, finding it fun to take on the responsibility, working with different people and reaching out to different companies for help.COURTESY PHOTO: JACOB GOULDING FAMILY - Jacob Goulding and members of the Sherwood High School cheer squad posed with the finished products.

Both the cheer squad and his Boy Scout Troop helped to build and paint the boxes. Avery Roos, a Sherwood senior, painted the lettering and artwork. Companies that helped with donated materials included Lowe's, Home Depot, Clark Lumber and Sherwin Williams.

"It was a really good taste of the sort of cooperation I'll have to do when I'm off on my career and such," said Goulding, who is planning to go to college to study business after he graduates in 2023. "It was really nice to be a part of something and be able to help out cheerleaders who really needed it."

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