Branchville Elementary School has received a facelift of sorts to its courtyard.

The cleanup came thanks to efforts by former Branchville student and Ridgefield High School junior Luke Nelson.

Nelson earmarked the Branchville courtyard as the ideal project in his goal of earning the rank of Eagle Scout. With the support of Principal Keith Margolus and the team of helpers Nelson assembled, he earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest honor given by Boy Scouts of America, and an achievement earned by just four percent of scouts nationwide.

“We have been so fortunate that alumni like Luke feel so strongly about Branchville that they are willing to return and give back,” Principal Margolus said. “Luke, and the crew he organized, removed years of overgrowth. It has changed from a space that resembled an overgrown forest to a relaxing outdoor classroom where students can read and learn. Thank you, Luke!”