Congratulations to Coltan Evans of Shepherd Park Plaza who has completed a large part of his journey to Eagle Scout. Coltan’s parents, Kim and Mike Evans, have been right there on the journey alongside Coltan, a Senior at St. Pius X High School.
When Coltan and his parents started talking about his Eagle Scout project some time ago, they tried to keep in mind a few of the key lessons learned after assisting with others’ Eagle projects, and particularly this lesson: “It’s more about the process than the complexity of the project.”
Kim Evans said with a laugh, “Well, we managed to ignore all of that when Coltan chose to concrete the bullpen at SPX!”
Having enjoyed the finished product of other past Eagle projects, Coltan wanted his Eagle project to be one that others would benefit from now and in the future. He also wanted it to be associated with his high school, St. Pius, and the baseball program there in which he has been involved four years now. After talking with his coach, they agreed improving the bullpen area was a serious need and would benefit many players for years to come. The project entailed concreting the bullpen to allow better use of the space for baseball drills during and after inclement weather. The project also included beautification work in the complex by installing new landscaping as well as pressure washing bleachers and backstops.
To prepare for the project Coltan created a plan which included anticipating materials, supplies, labor and costs. The teen reached out to several companies in the community to help procure materials and services, most of which were donated. Overall the project was completed with approximately 260 man hours on Friday and Saturday with approximately 60 volunteers.
Coltan would like to extend sincere thanks to all of the volunteers and helpers who made his project possible, with special call-outs to: H2B Engineers (Ken Bryant and Tod Henning), Mazz Construction (Danny Massiatte), Brave Landscapes (Jeff Mobley), RSH Trucking and Carolyn Bryant of RE/MAX Metro Realty. Also a shout out to MytiBurger (Shawn Salyers) for helping with breakfast! Lastly, Coltan sends a big thank you to all of the Scout leaders and young men of Troop 540 and the SPX baseball players who helped make the project such a success.
In addition to thanking those who helped with his project, Coltan would also like to highlight the number of Eagle Scouts his Troop, St. Ambrose Troop 540, has developed. Coltan is one of several in his grade level who has recently or will soon achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Coltan has participated in a number of Eagle projects as a volunteer over the last 10 years. Overall, the Troop has produced almost 80 Eagle Scouts since its formation and many of their projects have benefited area organizations such as St. Pius, St. Ambrose, and Oaks Dads Club (and frequently with the help of area businesses such as Mytiburger).
Coltan’s parents say this is a reflection of the dedication of the Troop’s many strong leaders, but especially Gilbert Guerrero and Frank Parent. These gentlemen lead the Troop’s young men through the process with constant encouragement and excellent guidance.
Scoutmaster Guerrero shared, “We expect a total of 7, possibly 8, young men to earn their Eagle Scout rank in 2019. Zander Jez (also an SPX baseball player) was the latest member of Troop 540 to earn his Eagle rank this year in August and was the 78th Eagle since Troop 540 began in 1964. We had 9 in 2018.”
In the last 5 years, at least 9 Eagle Scouts from various Troops have been baseball players at St. Pius.
Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet’s Campus Beautification Committee sends a heartfelt thank you to all of the amazing students and their fantastic parents who came out this past Saturday morning for “Dig It Day” to prepare the campus vegetable beds for the children’s upcoming gardening classes with Urban Harvest. In addition to welcoming new faces this weekend, many families there routinely and generously give their Saturday mornings to garden on Beautification Days.
After a long sunny and rainy summer, a lot of hard work was needed to clear out the weeds and cut back the overgrowth. Fortunately, many hands make light work and the group was gifted with lovely weather as they worked. With the many rolled up sleeves and great attitudes, the vegetable beds were fully prepped, the maze weeded, and time was still available for children to spend time planting seeds with Ms. Priya.
GOMM’s Campus Beautification Committee hopes to see everyone again on the next “Dig It Day” with Urban Harvest on November 2!