The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, Scout House and Athens-Limestone Public Library are among the many local projects that have benefitted from the Boy Scout program.
Scouts seeking the Eagle Scout rank have volunteered throughout the city and county to improve facilities, assist non-profits and beautify the community.
On Wednesday, April 5, local leaders gathered for the annual Athens-Limestone Community Breakfast to raise funds to support the Arrowhead District, which serves Limestone County Scouts. Eric Blackwell, the director of plant operations at Polaris, was the keynote speaker. Blackwell stressed that employers like Polaris place importance on career tech education and the values instilled in those involved in Scouting.
As part of the program, the Scouts honored three schools for their efforts to be creative in offering career-related education to students. The three schools that received Heart of an Eagle awards were:
- Athens Renaissance School
- Limestone County Career Technical Center
- Calhoun Community College
A committee comprised of Scouts, the City of Athens, Limestone County Commission and Limestone County Schools organized the breakfast, which was sponsored in part by Steelcase and Redstone Federal Credit Union.
“The City of Athens and Limestone County understand the importance of supporting programs that engage our youth in civic endeavors,” Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “These are our future leaders, and programs like Scouting teach them to be invested in the community.”
By: Holly Hollman