Thursday May 19, 2016
Woodbury, NJ May 18, 2016 - This year's honoree of EP Henry's HeroScaping project doesn't think he deserves the free new patio high school students are installing in his backyard. He thinks of himself, he said, as "just a regular guy." But to the students of the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology and the EP Henry Corporation, Army Staff Sergeant Vincent Vince Reynolds is a hero.
After two tours in Afghanistan, Vince is starting a new life. He's enrolled in the Science and Economics Bachelors program at the Pennsylvania State University and is concentrating on being a great dad to his 6-year-old daughter. Vince isn't letting losing a limb to an IED explosion slow him down.
"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Vince said of the blast that took his leg. "It could have been worse."
Unable to pursue some of his favorite sports due to the injury, Vince has taken up golf. When the CPI students overheard Vince saying he's "obsessed" with the game, the kids added a putting green to Vince's new patio. Vince is overwhelmed and humbled by the gift and the students work. "I meant to put in a stone patio myself one day, but I didn't know when I'd be able to, he said. "This is exactly what I wanted to eventually do out there." When asked what he thought of the transformation of his backyard, he paused, then answered, "It's more than I could have ever anticipated.
This is the second year that EP Henry and Joe Luthers CPI students have partnered to honor a US Armed Services Veteran with a gift of a new paver stone patio. EP Henry, the leading manufacturer in pavers and retaining walls, donates the materials. The CPI students set up a large display at the Centre County Home and Garden Show using the donated stone pavers.
During the week of the show, the public is asked to nominate a deserving veteran for a free patio designed by the CPI students using the display materials. Vince was chosen from a pool of 82 nominees.
The HeroScaping program isn't solely for Vince's benefit. EP Henry donates the brick pavers but the trade students get the opportunity to hone their design skills by first setting up the convention center display and then plotting out a custom hardscape using those same paver stones. CPI Instructor Joe Luther says of the project: "In the lab, it's a perfectly controlled, flat environment. It's a whole different story when you have to first level a space to prepare for install." Mr. Luther says he is proud when the students win awards for their display at the home show, but nothing compares of how proud he is of their service and dedication to the HeroScaping project.
"These are freshman and sophomores in high school, doing professional work. This has real meaning for them. It's not just another patio."
Although Vince isn't convinced he's deserving of such an honor, he's very excited. He already has plans for his new outdoor living space: "A big, old steak grill out," he said.
Installation is in its 2nd week. The project will be completed soon and official dedication of the space will take place on May 27, 2016, just in time for Memorial Day. To feature this story, see press contact information below. Photos of the projects and students provided upon request.
About EP Henry
EP Henry provides the highest quality and broadest product offerings in Hardscaping. EP Henry is the oldest family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America. Aside from our commitment to quality products, EP Henry is committed to providing you with the best finished project. As a market leader in both consumer and commercial Hardscaping, EP Henry is 100% American made, owned, and operated. From humble beginnings in Edward P. Henry's Woodbury, NJ basement, EP Henry has evolved into the recognized industry leader in paver product innovation. For more information or a complimentary Idea Book, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).