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New Eagle Scouts honored

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Scouts Mac Lord, Chandler Gazaway, Ethan Everette, Paul Larimer and Edward Barnhill IV, from left, passed their Eagle board requirements.

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, December 3, 2018

Troop 7 recently honored 5 new Eagle Scouts that had earned their rank this fall as Mac Lord, Chandler Gazaway, Ethan Everette, Paul Larimer and Edward Barnhill IV each passed their Eagle board requirements.

Barnhill chose to help the Peacemakers after school program. Peacemakers is a Christian community development organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount. Edward’s original project was to clean up the storage area in order to make an afterschool area. In addition, he was to purchase a portable “Gaga” pit. His fundraiser was so successful he was able to purchase desks, chairs and bookcases for the school program. He raised $17,224 and contributed over 227 man-hours for his project.

Everette wanted to do a project for his church, First United Methodist. Their long-term preschool program was in need of new fencing for the playground area. His project entailed removing the old fencing and other playground equipment no longer used. He raised the funds to replace the fencing and cleaned the play area. Everette raised $3,942 and had over 124 man-hours.

Gazaway wanted to do a project that would help senior citizens. His grandmother was a resident of Covenant Homes before her passing so he thought this would be the perfect organization to help. Covenant Homes is a senior independent living community located in Rocky Mount. His original project was to renovate an existing Gazebo with paint and new plants. He was so successful with his fundraising he was also able to replace 12 benches on the grounds, add a new swing and replace furniture for the Gazebo. Gazaway raised $4,759 and it took 159 man-hours.

For his project, Larimer chose to help the Bryant T. Alridge Rehabilitation Center. Patients recovering from brain trauma, stroke, joint replacement, spinal injury or similar conditions can enjoy two garden areas during their recovery. These gardens have been Eagle projects in years past but needed to refreshed as they had weeds and dying plants. He totally reworked both garden areas with low maintenance plants that would last for years to come. He also added decorative garden art figures and wind chimes to give color and soothing sound for the enjoyment of patients, family and hospital staff. He raised $4,323 and put in 178 man-hours for his project.

Lord currently works at the Rocky Mount YMCA as a life guard. During his time at work he saw a need to help the after-school children’s program. One of the activities the director requested was a “Gaga” pit for the children. Lord raised the funds and with the help of his troop installed an artificial turf surrounded by a huge pit play area for the children to use. He said the new activity has been a hit with the kids. To pay for the pit, he raised $1,383 and had 106 man-hours to complete his project.

Together, these five young men raised $31,631 and used 794 volunteer hours to complete these projects.

Troop 7 is chartered by First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount. Boy Scouts is an United Way supported agency.

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