POWNAL -- For his Eagle Scout project, David Hojnowski knew that he wanted to give back to Pownal Elementary School. The only question was how.

After meeting with the school board and principal Todd Phillips in the fall, Hojnowski, who had played soccer up until his sophomore year of high school, had an idea. "The school never had soccer goals, and that was something I wanted to do," he said. So, he began working on a plan to construct two new soccer goals on the field behind the school.

Over the next few months, Hojnowski worked on fundraising for the project. The school put on a coin drive, which on its own raised more than $500. When the dust had settled, Hojnowski had raised over $2,000, mostly from private donations.

David Hojnowski and Cynthia Brownell, chairwoman of the Pownal school board, on the soccer field.
David Hojnowski and Cynthia Brownell, chairwoman of the Pownal school board, on the soccer field. (Derek Carson)
At that point, it became a waiting game, as the goals could not be constructed in the winter. However, the project had to be completed before Hojnowski's birthday in April. "One cold day in April, we came and put the goals together," he said.

Hojnowski also ran a free soccer clinic in Bennington for Pownal children, which he described as a great success. "The kids really enjoyed it," he said.

The Pownal school board felt they should do something to recognize Hojnowski's contribution, and had a plaque created to commemorate his gift. The plaque, which officially designates the field as "Hojnowski Field" will be displayed on the fence. "There's not too many students who would take the time to do this for the children of Pownal," said Brownell, "We wanted to say thank you.


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Hojnowski, who graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School last week, described having the field named after him as, "beyond my wildest dreams."

Phillips said the children were taking advantage of the new equipment, from activity period in the morning, to recess, and for hours after school. "The goals are being used day and night," he said.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB