As a child Matthew Crone attended
Today, the students at his former elementary school can learn the 50 states while at recess thanks to the high school sophomore's Eagle Scout project. And so can students at and .
A member of Framingham Troop 21, Liberty District, , Crone proposed painting maps of the United States on each of the three elementary school's playgrounds to earn Eagle Scout.
He made presentations to each of the schools, and received approval to paint on the playgrounds.
He secured funding for the giant stencils and the paint from the Verizon Pioneer Foundation.
The first map was completed at Wilson Elementary on April 7. McCarthy was next on April 28 and Hemenway was completed on Sunday, May 6.
"It is a wonderful addition to our playground," said Hemenway PTO President Nancy McElwain, who donated her time to the project too.
In all, more than three dozen fellow Boy Scouts, parent volunteers and students helped Crone completed his three colorful maps.
Crone spent 140 hours to complete the project from planning to painting to clean-up.
His father photographed the project at McCarthy and Hemenway from start to finish and created time lapse videos. (They videos are attached to this report.)
"It is hard to believe Matt’s eagle project has been completed. He now will complete the final write up and then wait for his approvals and then his board of review," said his mom Kitty.
Crone even went beyond his original project painting four square and otehr playground games at Hemenway, with the help of volunteers, earlier this month.