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New Canaan Scout's Project Helps Carver Center

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Perhaps in the future, the next great skyscraper or city square, “something really big and really different,” will be inspired by the imagination of Zachary Loweth.

The New Canaan teen isn't sure what his future will hold, but for now he's pleased to have used his building skills to benefit basketball fans and players in Norwalk. .

Zachary, 15, led the way in building and refurbishing eight benches at the basketball court outside the George Washington Carver Community Center in Norwalk, an Eagle Scout project he enjoyed working on. “I think it was an awesome thing, and the Carver Center really needed them,” said Zachary, who will be a sophomore at New Canaan High School when classes start later this month.

For his project with Boy Scout Troop 31 , Zachary had to lead a project that provided a service to the community. The benches were suggested by a friend of his mother's who volunteers at the Carver Center. Prior to Zachary’s handiwork, the benches were in rough shape, with graffiti and chipped paint from years of use.

“I’ve been working with tools since I was a kid,” he said. “I’ve always been good at it, and I loved it. I didn’t get a chance to do it too much until [last school] year. I’ve made benches, chairs, tables, all those things.”

His mother, Nina, figured the bench project was right up Zachary’s alley. “We thought he’d like that kind of work. He felt it was something he could accomplish and accomplish well.”

Zachary designed the look of the 6-foot benches, all the way down to the brown paint. Aided by his brothers Spencer, 13, and Wyatt, 10, friends from school and his Boy Scout troop, Zachary got the benches built, painted and in place two weeks after the end of the school year. “The challenge is getting people to do what they’re supposed to do, and all the paperwork,” he said. “But building the benches was really fun.”

James Schaffer, development director for the Carver Center, said: "Zach’s contribution changes everything. It’s acts of spontaneous generosity like Zach’s that Carver is able to carry on. Zach took the initiative to seek us out. He came to us with designs, a plan. We discussed his great idea, and he went forth to make it a reality."

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