Oak Ridge’s first feminine Eagle Scout expands church’s group backyard

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Haley Snyder and the Welcome Garden she constructed at First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, incomes her the rank of Eagle Scout. She is the primary feminine to attain this honor in Oak Ridge. (Submitted photograph)

Haley Snyder, a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and presently a freshman on the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is the primary feminine in Oak Ridge to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. She is a member of Troop 42G of the Boy Scouts of America, which is chartered by First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge.

In 2019, the Boy Scouts of America modified its insurance policies to permit women to type their very own Scouts BSA troops and observe the trail to Eagle Scout. The session of the Oak Ridge church voted that 12 months to assist Troop 42 in forming a feminine troop.

Haley’s Eagle Scout venture was to increase the church’s group backyard by constructing fenced-in backyard plots beside the church’s schooling constructing, which homes the Early Head Start of Anderson County program. “The new garden consists of seven garden beds, each 4 feet by 16 feet, and a chain link fence surrounding it,” Haley mentioned.

She added that the brand new backyard will permit food-insecure group members entry to contemporary greens distributed by way of the church’s Welcome Table month-to-month meal-and-groceries program, in addition to present studying alternatives for Early Head Start college students. Early Head Start applications present family-centered providers for low-income households with younger youngsters.

“The teachers at the preschool are excited to teach their students about gardening,” Haley mentioned.

She famous that Scouts BSA Troop 42G has been collaborating in Scouting for Food, an annual meals drive by Boy Scouts of America, since its inception.

“I knew I wanted to do something more to help the Welcome Table for my Eagle Scout project because I think it is very important to keep our community fed,” Haley mentioned. “I am glad to know that the community garden will serve so many purposes.”

“We are all very proud of Haley earning her Eagle rank and leading such a beneficial project that contributes to the fight against hunger in the community,” mentioned Scoutmaster Jason Cheney.

“Three goals of the Boy Scouts of America are management growth, private health, and citizenship coaching, and Haley’s venture embodies all of those.

“She embraced her leadership role in the project from conception to completion. If you had spent a day like she did digging out those beds and laying the concrete blocks, you certainly would know you had completed a good workout! The garden will improve the nutrition and food access for many of the area citizens for years to come.”

“Haley’s project, which will be named the Welcome Garden, will keep on giving for years to come,” mentioned Sharon Youngs, pastor of First Presbyterian Church. “We could not be more impressed by her commitment to help others or more grateful for this gift.”

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