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The Cub Scouts of Pack 1806 in Huntingtown completed the second phase of their Calvert Elementary School Adopt-a-School project May 10, along with their moms and dads.

“Where should we start, dad?” Webelos Paul Harrison asked his father, according to the release.

“Let’s get these weeds pulled out first and then we can plant the flowers and mulch everything,” Cubmaster and Paul’s dad, Paul Harrison, said in the release.

Five Cub Scouts — Webelos Alexander Merz and Paul Harrison and Wolves Cole Thomas, Jackson Vieley and Tyler Harrison — all made quick work of mulching and planting at the school.

“We had some very generous donations from the community for this project,” Amare Merz, committee chair and Alexander’s mom, who worked hard spreading mulch and planting flowers on Mother’s Day eve, said in the release.

“Happy Mother’s Day, honey!” Walter Merz, Amare’s husband, Alexander’s dad and Webelos leader, said in the release. He and Jason Thomas, Wolf den leader and Cole’s dad, along with Jon Vieley, pack CPR instructor and Jackson’s dad, hauled wheelbarrows of mulch and tools to the front of the school.

The 231 Farm Center, owned by Bill Fowler, donated and delivered mulch and planting mix. Jim’s Tool and Party Rental, managed by Steve Nocente, donated shovels and gloves, and the Prince Frederick Walmart, with manager Tim Crowley, donated $50 towards the purchase of over 100 geraniums and wax begonias, the release states.

The centerpiece of the project, however, was a 12-foot-tall southern magnolia made jointly possible by a donation of $250 from the Calvert Elks Lodge (Jill Wiles, exalted ruler) and the offer of Jose Martinez (owner of JM Landscaping) to deliver and plant the massive tree at no charge, the release states.

“The circle was the perfect place for this beautiful specimen and we never would have been able to accomplish this project without Jose and his guys. The tree is huge!” said Harrison in the release.

When parents, students and teachers had a chance Monday morning to see the work these Scouts and their parents made possible with the support of local vendors, many people took notice, according to Principal Kim Harris. She wrote in an email to Cubmaster Harrison, “The landscaping looks beautiful. I have had a ton of staff and parents comment on how nice everything looks. We appreciate everything you and the Scouts have done for us this year,” according to the release.

Gayla Kingston, PTA president, agreed, saying in the release, “We are so happy to partner with the Cub Scouts and are thankful for all you do.”

To learn more about scouting in Calvert County or Pack 1806, or for details about the Calvert Elementary project, email Paul Harrison at