Local resident and active Boy Scout, Riley Hyslop, chose to give back to the Coppell community through his Eagle Scout project, completed in April of this year. The beautiful sign at Taylor’s Garden, located at Coppell Middle School East, entailed multiple details and planning in order to execute. Selecting the project wasn’t a tough decision, as Riley stated, “The reason I chose Taylor’s Garden Sign was to give back in honor of an old friend. I also found it as a great opportunity to give back to my former middle school that provided me with so much learning opportunity.”
Riley’s Project: The Taylor’s Garden Sign
Undertaking the small building project, Riley was able to implement years of learning into practical application. Over the course of four months he planned, budgeted, and executed the project, managing 10-15 people, who brought the sign to completion in around eight hours of labor. Riley is a Senior at John Paul II High School who enjoys football and powerlifting, in addition to being an active Boy Scout. In the next few years he plans to Outlive Himself by attending either Texas Tech or Oklahoma State, continuing his education, advancing his abilities, and learning new skills.
Students and faculty at Coppell Middle School East and the Coppell community, are wonderfully appreciative for the new addition to the special spot.Taylor’s mom, Tara Storch, is so honored that Riley chose to give back to Taylor’s Garden for his project. “When Riley asked us if he could do this sign for his Eagle Scout project, we were so very touched. The sign he built is incredibly beautiful and custom made for Taylor’s Garden. We know it took a lot of work to do and we are so happy with how it turned out,” said Tara.
Taylor’s Garden: A Special Place
Designed and built by Praytor Landscape in honor of Taylor Storch following the generous outpouring of support from the community, Taylor’s Garden has become a treasure. The small spot has provided a special place for Taylor and her story to be remembered and honored by both loved ones and those she never met.
Entering the garden, the stone sign sits at the right of the main entrance while a blue fountain stands in the main path, welcoming visitors to the garden. The quiet whisper of the water sets an intention of quietness and peace, leading the gaze to the memorial “Taylor’s Tree” that stands before the stone paved memorial area. A small stone pillar with a bronze plaque with Taylor’s photo and the words: “To know her or of her is a blessing.”
When the the middle school students are at home preparing for a full day of work to come, the garden is quiet. The small fountain smooths over the background noises of cars buzzing en route to their destinations. A soft spot in the small town that’s lined with concrete establishments, the air in the garden is lovely and light. An assortment of crape myrtles, rose bushes,and other flowers create a welcoming canopy of green with just enough bright pink roses, soft lavender blooms, and cheerful white petals to catch rays of sunshine.
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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill