Ongoing tribute to late Eagle Scout leads Ann Arbor Boy Scout drive for food, funds for 60K meals
ANN ARBOR, MI - A long-running food and donation drive organized by an Ann Arbor Boy Scout troop and the family of a late Eagle Scout returned to form with an in-person collection to provide 60,000 meals for people facing food insecurity. The 16th annual Tim Esch Scouting for Food Birthday Party hosted by Ann Arbor Boy Scout Troop 4 honors the legacy of Eagle Scout Tim Esch, who became an Eagle Scout with the troop at age 14. The year after Tim’s death, the Esch family and Troop 4 combined the annual food drive with a birthday party in his honor. “We are especially grateful to the Esches for their long-standing commitment to Food Gatherers in honor of their son,” Starman said. READ MORE:Food Gatherers giving free summer meals to Washtenaw County kidsPioneer High School students organize donation drive for Food GatherersRotary Club spring food drive aims to provide 150,000 meals for children and familiesmlive.com
Eagle Scout’s heroic actions in saving woman trapped in burning car earn national award
Nearly three years later, VanAllsburg, now 19, will be honored with one of Boy Scouts of America’s three lifesaving awards, the Heroism Award. Reinstated in 2018, the Heroism Award is given to those who demonstrate actions related to saving a life with “minimal personal risk.”The recognition stems from VanAllsburg’s actions that July 2018 day. Seeing the driver of the truck immediately get out of their vehicle, VanAllsburg sprinted to the driver’s side window of the sedan. The 19-year-old Muskegon resident will earn a national Heroism Award for saving a woman trapped in a burning vehicle. Despite being selected for the Heroism Award, VanAllsburg said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.mlive.com
Mohawk Elementary School alum creates an outdoor classroom space
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The push for school safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led one Macomb County student to expand his thinking about what a classroom could become. Chippewa Valley Schools has started face-to-face learning with elementary schools Wednesday and secondary students return Monday with its hybrid program. Mohawk Elementary School in the Chippewa Valley School District and has an outdoor classroom space that was designed by 17-year-old Mohawk alum Nate Lyons. It is now a viable space for children to learn. Lyons combined science with creativity to create the space.
Teen paving path to become Saginaw County’s first female Eagle Scout
SAGINAW, MI - A Saginaw County teen is preparing to make history by completing a task that used to be reserved as an honor for boys. Commissioner Cheryl Hadsall emphasized how big of a deal Eagle Scout projects are, noting that she has presided over multiple previous Eagle Scout ceremonies in the past. If Kienitz completes her project successfully, she has the chance to be written into Saginaw County history as its first female Eagle Scout. “Kylie will be the first female Eagle Scout awardee for Saginaw County upon completion of this particular project. For now, the plan is to focus on getting her project done so that she can obtain the Eagle Scout designation.mlive.com
Boy Scout with nonverbal autism earns highest rank
Timmy Hargate, 21, who has nonverbal autism, joined Boy Scout Troop 461 in Highland Heights, Ohio, when he was 11. He was determined to become an Eagle Scout, and after about nine years of hard work, he finally achieved that goal in December. "It was extremely difficult [for him to become an Eagle Scout] because he couldn't do it in a typical way most kids can." Although most scouts must complete Eagle requirements before 18, Boy Scouts allows exceptions for advancement for those with special needs. "I think becoming an Eagle Scout would be hard for anybody, and to see what he has done is just amazing," Mason said.