Honoring fallen heroes, plus other inspiring Eagle Scout projects from this week

Grace Kotalik knew she wanted her Eagle Scout service project to pay tribute to fallen U.S. service members from her community.
Photo of Jarrett and Grace courtesy of the Kotalik family

Grace’s second-oldest brother, U.S. Army Specialist Jarrett Kotalik, died unexpectedly at his Army base last summer.

“Because Jarrett was deeply patriotic, I drew inspiration from him in my planning,” says Grace.

Her project involved the construction of four uniquely designed flag retirement boxes, each honoring a different fallen hero. Grace will conduct dedication ceremonies at each of the boxes’ permanent locations across her Texas community. Anyone who has a U.S. flag that needs to be retired can drop it off in one of the boxes, and Grace will handle the rest.

The boxes will also contain QR codes linking to a website that will share the stories of the fallen heroes they were built to honor.

Read more about this story from the Hello Woodlands website.


Scout helps community by building structure for book locker

Sammy Pasmore has built a structure to house a new book locker at the Westside Community Center in Bivalve, Maryland. This Eagle Scout service project will enable residents in remote areas to order books that will be delivered by the library to the book locker.

Sammy says he hopes the book locker will positively impact those who would otherwise not be able to access the books.

Learn more about this story from the WBOC website.

Scout makes blankets for kids in her community

For her Eagle Scout project, Melissa Klatt organized “sewing days,” at which Melissa and her team of volunteers made 50 blankets for kids in her community. The project benefits Project Linus, which distributes blankets to children in hospitals and shelters.

Read more about this story from the KTVH website.

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