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School to have outdoor classroom, thanks to Scout

Students at the Frederick C. Murphy Primary School in Weymouth will have a new outdoor classroom this school year, thanks to a Boy Scout from Troop 9.

For his Eagle Scout project, Sean O’Connell, a senior at Weymouth High School, organized volunteers, solicited donations, and led the team that created the outdoor gathering space, which features more than a dozen flat boulders that will be used as seats.

“It looks like Stonehenge out there; it’s awesome,” said Patrice Hoeft, the school’s secretary.

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Principal Patrick Costello said teachers will use the outdoor classroom primarily for science lessons and for projects involving science, technology, engineering, and math.

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South Shore Bank contributed financially to the effort, as a way to support the community and Eagle Scouts, according to bank president Jim Dunphy.

“It’s a well-kept secret what these Eagle Scouts are doing,” said Dunphy, whose son Patrick is an Eagle Scout. “It’s a great learning opportunity for them and develops leadership skills. And the community gets all these great little projects done.”

He said South Shore Bank also is supporting another Eagle Scout project in Weymouth: improvements to the Pond Plain Association Building in South Weymouth.

Built in 1908, it has been home to one of the longest-running civic associations in the country and also serves as the meeting place for Troop 9.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.