BBP HS Eagle Scout Dedicates New Student Patio in Memory of Former Teacher

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Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, the Bayport-Blue Point School District’s open campus policy was revised to limit off-campus access to senior class students only. Looking to create a place for underclassmen to enjoy on warm school days, then-junior Chandler Varone – also an active Boy Scout with local Troop 329 – set out to create an outdoor patio space for his fellow peers to enjoy as part of his Eagle Scout project.
 
After the untimely passing of beloved high school business teacher Doug Monsell, Chandler announced that he would be dedicating the completed patio in honor of Mr. Monsell and would use the project to help raise funds for the college educations of Mr. Monsell’s two young daughters. In early October 2012, with Mr. Monsell’s friends and family as well as district administrators, Board of Education members and fellow students surrounding him, Chandler, now a senior, cut the ceremonial ribbon on the project.

“I remember walking into my second-period class on the first day of my freshman year and looking up at Mr. Monsell and thinking, wow, this guy is really happy,” recalled Chandler. ”He always had a smile from ear to ear no matter what the situation and it was because of his attitude and his love for his career that I wanted to get more involved in the activities he was involved in.” A member of the school’s award-winning DECA club, of which Mr. Monsell was the adviser, Chandler shared the project idea with his teacher and received a great deal of encouragement.
 
At first he did not have a cause in mind to dedicate his project to, but Chandler explained that this changed after Mr. Monsell’s passing. “My project then became of utmost importance in my life because someone who played such a huge part in helping to shape my high school career had tragically passed away,” he said. “I decided then that my project was the best way that I could truly honor him.”

Chandler sought donations for his project and invited the community to purchase engravable bricks in Mr. Monsell’s honor. Surplus funds totaling $6,204 will be donated to an educational fund set up in Mr. Monsell’s honor with the goal of providing college tuition for his children. The patio is approximately 15 feet by 25 feet and includes several benches and tables.
During the ceremony, high school jazz choir students performed several selections and high school Principal Dr. Timothy Hearney and Board President James March shared their fond memories of Mr. Monsell and commended Chandler for his actions.