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Class of 2018 Project

The Imagination Train Rolls Into Oscar Frazier Park

The Hilton Head Island – Bluffton Leadership Class of 2018 proudly announces the completion of their class project, The Imagination Train. The project was celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration in conjunction with the Bluffton Rotary Club on April 21st, 2018. The Imagination Train is located at the Oscar Frazier Park playground in the heart of Bluffton, South Carolina.

The Imagination Train is designed to ignite the imagination of local children through the power of collaborative play. Kids can climb, ride, discover and “drive” the train to new places in their imaginations.  “A train was chosen as the signature installation piece because Oscar Frazier, the park’s namesake and Bluffton community leader, was known for operating a BBQ restaurant out of a train caboose. A train energizes the imagination and is part of the history of Bluffton. The Imagination Train serves as a fitting tribute to a local leader and inspirational icon for future generations” says Melanie Thomas, spokesperson for the Leadership Class project.

“The Town of Bluffton was honored and excited when the Leadership Class approached us about installing the Imagination Train.  Oscar Frazier Park is a central park for our community and by adding this signature play piece, it will become a destination for Bluffton families” stated Marc Orlando, Town Manager.  He goes on to say “The Town has plans and approval to improve the park, and The Imagination Train fits perfectly with our vision.”


Class of 2017 Project

This past year’s class was particularly challenged with their class project due to Hurricane Matthew. However, it gave them the opportunity to do something inherent to all great leaders…they adapted. They changed their leadership project midstream and decided to honor our first responders and give the community back something lost in the storm.

The 2016-2017 project, aptly named Matthew’s Oak, replaced a mature oak tree in Shelter Cove Community Park that was lost in the storm. Farmer Nelson Henderson noted that the true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Their class project reflects another hallmark of great leadership – vision.

Class of 2016 Project

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Class of 2015 Class Project

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