Ea­gle Scout project benefits Salem Jr. High track pro­gram

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - Amy Huh­tala

Salem Ju­nior High School thanks eighth-grader Josh DeNaughel for his ser­vice to their school. Josh con­structed a shot put ring and throw­ing area for the SaJHS track and field team. SaJHS is known for its in­clu­sive track and field pro­gram which at­tracts over 150 stu­dents an­nu­ally. SaJHS doesn’t have a full track and field fa­cil­ity on lo­ca­tion, so it uses fa­cil­i­ties at the high school two days a week.

“Hav­ing both the high school and ju­nior high track and field teams shar­ing fa­cil­i­ties has put a huge strain on avail­able space to run, jump, and throw,” said Head Coach Jor­dan Blan­chard. The com­ple­tion of Josh’s Ea­gle Scout project for the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica will ben­e­fit hun­dreds of SaJHS stu­dent ath­letes an­nu­ally.

Josh dili­gently sought dona­tions and pur­chased food items to sell so he could gen­er­ate enough money to fund the project. He or­ga­nized skilled la­bor to ex­ca­vate, pre­pare and fin­ish the con­crete pad where the shot put ring is in­stalled. Josh’s tire­less ef­forts for over six months will re­ally help SaJHS’s track and field team grow and con­tinue to pos­i­tively in­flu­ence stu­dent ath­letes for years to come.

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