GW student creates field of dreams

Fix­ing the field: George Wash­ing­ton High School stu­dent, Joel Gold­berg, uses a wheel­bar­row to de­liv­er dirt to the in­field.

Joel Gold­berg was a key mem­ber of the George Wash­ing­ton High School base­ball team that cap­tured the Pub­lic League cham­pi­on­ship, and the 17-year-old ju­ni­or spent a re­cent Sat­urday help­ing to spruce up the Eagles’ field.

Gold­berg, who lives on Susan Road in Bustleton, is a mem­ber of Boy Scouts of Amer­ica Troop 18, based at St. Thomas Syro-Malab­ar Cath­ol­ic Church, 608 Welsh Road.

At age 6, he joined Cub Scouts, and over the years he has earned nu­mer­ous mer­it badges and awards and dis­played lead­er­ship.

For his Eagle Scout pro­ject, he de­cided to give the Wash­ing­ton varsity base­ball field a makeover.

The second base­man re­ceived plenty of help from his broth­ers Josh and Aaron, team­mates, coaches, fel­low Scouts, adult Scout lead­ers and mem­bers of Iron Work­ers Loc­al 401. His mom, Gail, sup­plied pizza and drinks for the crew.

The work in­cluded re­pla­cing and paint­ing wood bleach­ers; spray-paint­ing the fence near the home dugout; lev­el­ing, weed­ing and seed­ing a large dirt mound; restor­ing dirt to the in­field; paint­ing doors to the school and foot­ball sta­di­um; and re­pla­cing a bench on the ten­nis courts. Gold­berg also hopes to fly an Amer­ic­an flag at the field for the pregame Pledge of Al­le­gi­ance.

Gold­berg and his help­ers re­ceived dona­tions from Sher­win-Wil­li­ams, Lowe’s and the Home De­pot in Ben­s­alem.

At Wash­ing­ton, Gold­berg is a mem­ber of the Na­tion­al Hon­or So­ci­ety, the ju­ni­or class treas­urer and a par­ti­cipant in the sci­ence fair, and takes classes as part of the In­ter­na­tion­al Bac­ca­laur­eate pro­gram. He hopes to be­come a doc­tor.

The teen­ager will of­fi­cially be­come an Eagle Scout dur­ing a Court of Hon­or ce­re­mony that will prob­ably take place in the fall. ••

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