Local Scout serves Jefferson Elementary School

In his quest for Scouting’s highest rank, Grant Harrell delivered Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field boxes to a first-grade class at Jefferson Elementary School in Blaine as part of an Eagle Scout service project

The boxes will be used by all students at Jefferson. The boxes are a great way for students to carry supplies out to the forest, provide a hard surface for writing and help keep students organized.

Ms. Slobodzians’ first-grade class at Jefferson Elementary School in Blaine helps Grant Harrell carry the field desks to their new home. Members of the school’s Forest Committee were also there to accept Harrell’s gift. Submitted photo

Ms. Slobodzians’ first-grade class at Jefferson Elementary School in Blaine helps Grant Harrell carry the field desks to their new home. Members of the school’s Forest Committee were also there to accept Harrell’s gift. Submitted photo

Jefferson has a 12-acre school forest that was newly planted and cleaned up last May. The field desks will make it easier for the students to go out and record the growth and changes in their classroom’s trees.

As a Scout progresses toward the highest rank of Eagle Scout, he must complete a service project. This project is the culmination of the Scout’s leadership training. The project must be of benefit to an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America.

Harrell was responsible for coordinating the project and brought various members community members together to complete the project. Members of Harrell’s Boy Scout Troop 609 in Andover (sponsored by the Anoka Rotary Club) and some friends helped him complete the project.

The Anoka Rotary, Lowes and TLC Toys donated materials for the DNR boxes.

Mel Hartman of TLC Toys helped Harrell by providing the hardwood and doing some of the cutting for the project.

Harrell made 35 field desks that will be used for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The school desk boxes are an approved DNR education project and any school wishing to receive them can apply to the DNR.

This is the second Troop 609 Scout that has used this project to obtain their Eagle ranking. A few years ago 30 boxes were presented to Cedar Creek Elementary School in the St. Francis School District.

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