By Principal Karen Hurley
For several years, Palm Crest has been the beneficiary of hundreds of hours of volunteer service projects through organizations such as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Student Council, and individual parent, student, and community members seeking to make a difference in the school community. But the young men who choose to serve their school community in seeking their Eagle Scout Award are definitely a breed apart.
The Eagle Scout Award, the highest achievement that a Boy Scout can reach, is only attainable after a scout creates, plans, develops, and leads a service project that demonstrates leadership and benefit to their community. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, only 5% of scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Since 2012, Palm Crest has been the fortunate recipient of numerous creative and well-designed Eagle Scout projects that have enhanced the campus. All of the projects have been led and donated by PCR alumni wanting to give back to their elementary school.
In 2012, Daniel Layton focused on an a small yard behind room 19, near the front of the school. Daniel and several volunteers from his Boy Scout troop cleaned the area, built a comfortable wooden bench, and converted a decrepit sandbox into a beautiful garden. In August 2013, Nick Bell and several scout volunteers installed terrace stones in the area of the school where students await pick-up. Response from this project was so positive that, a year later, Nick’s brother, Brett Bell, installed terrace stones in the small yard adjacent to room 19. In December 2015, David Lam built a shed on the lower playground to store and organize games and other activities. These games and activities provide students with the opportunity to socialize with friends and engage in activities which promote creativity and strategic thinking. This past summer, James Lee created and put together an emergency toilet kit for every classroom that could be used in the event of a lockdown.
By becoming Eagle Scouts, each of these individuals has joined a group that includes such extraordinary men as Neil Armstrong, Steven Spielberg and Bill Gates. The Palm Crest community congratulates and thanks our alumni Eagle Scouts for their projects that have so benefited our school. We look forward to watching your accomplishments throughout your lives!