Rays Eagle project involved installing an outdoor seating area under the concrete step overhang beside the South Locker Bank Entrance on the Patriot Lane side of the Old Mill High School complex. The new area includes two ADA-compliant benches and landscaping. Ray was able to obtain donations for the project from local businesses, family and friends.
Fence and Deck Connection donated pressure treated lumber and Trex composite material for the two four-foot benches. Anne Arundel County Farmers Co-op and Lowes in Severn donated two English boxwoods to spruce up the space.
The existing grass was removed, protective ground cloth laid, edging was installed and mulch was spread. Alumni from the Classes of 1977, 1983, 1990 and 2017 donated their time and funds to help complete the project.
Carol said Ray has wanted to be a chef since he was in second grade, and every IEP (individualized education program) since has mentioned his ambition. He completed the culinary arts program at the Center of Applied Technology North and placed in the regional Skills USA competition for restaurant services.
Carol said Ray typically downplays his accomplishments. He can become frustrated when peers cannot see past his disorder. She said sometimes his self-confidence is low and he does not realize the significance of his accomplishments.
Ray enjoys gaming, biking and playing the violin. He has participated in Old Mills orchestra for two years, and takes private lessons in bluegrass and folk music. Ray also enjoys spending time with his familys boxer, Scout.
The community is invited to join Harundale Presbyterian Church on the lawn, 1020 Eastway, 14 p.m. Saturday for its block party featuring hot dogs and treats, a moonbounce, face painting, games and animal visits.
Local chefs can compete for a first-place $1,000 cash prize at the Chesapeake Chefs Challenge Oct. 22, hosted by the Anne Arundel Community College Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute, 7438 Ritchie Hwy.