Eagle Scout honored by state of Illinois for helping feed hungry children

KVon-Governor's-awardSome good turns go unnoticed; others catch the eye of the most powerful person in the state.

Eagle Scout K’Von Jackson didn’t seek attention when he started working on his Eagle Scout service project. He just wanted to help the nonprofit Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food on the weekends for schoolchildren who might otherwise go hungry.

But this good deed got the attention of the governor of Illinois, who presented K’Von with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award earlier this month. The award honors volunteers who make a difference across the Land of Lincoln, and K’Von was one of just 25 Illinois residents to receive the recognition.

K’Von, 15, coordinated a number of food drives across the Chicago area with the goal of feeding 90 children.

In the end, he collected enough food for all 250 students at St. Malachy School in Chicago. He donated the excess food to a food pantry in the area.

The awards rolled in. In addition to the state award, K’Von received the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year award from the Pathway to Adventure Council.

What’s next for K’Von? Anything he wants.

He spends free time working in a youth apprenticeship program at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and loves coding and building robots with a local electronics club.

He plans to study science and engineering in the future.


Story idea via Kate Jacobs/Pathway to Adventure Council