Last year, then-eighth-grader Taylor Tetterton asked his principal at Lexington's Summit Christian Academy if there was some big item the school needed, but couldn't afford.
Principal Margie Johnson replied that the school needed a new playground — the old one being in bad shape — but didn't have dollars budgeted for it.
Taylor went to work raising money, and a few months later he presented the school with a whopping $21,000 for the new playground. It was completed last fall, with some additional donations raised through the school.
Tuesday morning, Summit Christian Academy dedicated the playground, and honored Taylor for helping to make it possible.
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Taylor, who now is a freshman at Paul Lawrence Dunbar, said he approached banks, businesses and others for donations, focusing on Christian-based organizations.
"I ran into some skepticism, but I guess that just drove me to work harder and go over and beyond," he said.
Whatever Taylor did, the donations came rolling in.
He said the project really grew out a classroom assignment last year from Sue Wetzel, who teaches science at Summit Christian. She urged each student to undertake a some challenging project to help the school and others, he said.
Taylor tossed around some project ideas. But then his parents, Mike and Sharon Tetterton, challenged him "to think bigger." That led to him asking Johnson about things the school needed. Soon, the project was off and rolling.
"I'm so proud of him," Sue Wetzel said Tuesday.