It took Appoquinimink High School's Joe Hasse about two months and more than 100 man hours to complete his Eagle Scout project – a 100 pound set of chimes that he donated to the M.O.T. Charter School music program.
On Nov. 13, Hasse presented the bells, which he crafted himself from electrical conduit, to Heather Dean's seventh grade music class.
"A lot of students don't have these [chimes]," Hasse said.
The idea for the project came from a Science Olympiad event Hasse participated in. From there, he asked members of his troop to ask their music teachers if they needed a set of chimes.
"Ms. Dean was the first to say yes," he said.
Hasse joined the Boy Scouts in the seventh grade and is now on his path to becoming an Eagle Scout, which he needs to achieve by January 11 –his 18th birthday.
"A lot of people helped with the project," Hasse said. "Friends, family… The Wood Worker's Guild helped with the stand and the funding."
The wooden stand is so strong that he says he can do a pull up on it.
Now, the only thing left for Hasse to do to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is the paperwork.
"This fills me with so much joy," he said Thursday after dropping the set of chimes off.
Teachers and staff at the M.O.T. Charter School were happy to accept Hasse's gift.
"He wanted to give back to the community," said principal Elaine Elston. "It was a nice opportunity to have community exchange."
The bell set has been added the school's collection of musical instruments that all 675 students have access to. M.O.T. Charter School has a general music instrumental program.
Some of the students at the charter school are in the same troop as Hasse – Del Mar Va Council Troop 123.
To these other young men working towards becoming an Eagle Scout, Hasse gave a word of advice.
"Don't wait until you're 17 and a half to do your Eagle Scout project."