Middle school student works to improve vandalized park

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ELKTON, Va. (WHSV) -- An middle school student is working to make improvements to Stonewall Memorial Park in Elkton, Virginia, following vandalism at the park last year.

Justice Eppard wants to make sure there are working water fountains in the park, hoping to get a brand new one for the playground and kid's area. Eppard will also bring in new trash can areas and several benches.

She is doing the project as part of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization, a non-profit national career and technical organization for public and private students through grade 12.

Justice says, although many kids may use the park, the project is for everyone.

"Well, at first, I was thinking of the kids and safety, but second, it's going to help the whole community if everybody's safer," said Eppard.

In November 2016, vandals caused several hundred dollars worth of damage to the park bathrooms. Town Mayor Wayne Printz says they are working on repairing them and are going to install security cameras at the park.

Eppard would eventually like to take her project further in helping the park by getting a new playground. For now, she is holding a benefit in March and is looking for donations and raffle items. She hopes to have the project complete by this March.

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