During the summer, Vestavia Hills Elementary West music teacher Trudye Confessore was contacted by former student Hudson Winter, now a senior at Vestavia Hills High School. Winter, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1, wondered whether there was anything he could do to help the elementary school’s music program for his Eagle Project.
“I immediately thought of guitar carts for the guitars that came from the grant we worked so hard on last year,” Confessore said. “I didn’t have the guitars yet, but I told Hudson that I would need carts for storage and asked if this would be something he might like to tackle.”
Winter then visited her classroom to take a look at the space available for the cart and assess Confessore’s ukulele cart, and then he got to work.
After speaking with people who had built guitar carts before, Winter came back to Confessore with a plan. He began fundraising efforts for the carts once the paperwork for the project was signed and approved in July.
“Right before school started, the guitars were delivered but stayed in boxes until the carts were ready,” Confessore said.
Last week, Winter delivered the carts to West one evening with help from relatives and fellow scouts and loaded the guitars into their new home.
“This has been so rewarding for me to see a former student take such initiative and ask to give back to a part of the community he valued so highly,” said Confessore.
Once Winter submits his final paperwork, he will be eligible to receive his Eagle Scout status.