Christopher standing next to the flowerbed before fifth grade students plant flowers.
Christopher James Hoel an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 990 in Old Monroe has finished his two-part Eagle Scout project.
The project is an above ground three-dimensional flowerbed in the shape of Hawk Point Elementary School Mascot “Harry the Hawk” as well as a school sign that reads, “Welcome to Hawk Point Elementary Home of the Hawks”.
The project was approved February 25. He set a date to start the construction on April 6.
“I realized this was a short amount of time to raise the money that I needed for the project, but I was also determined that I could accomplish it,” Christopher said.
He raised a total of 900 dollars from local organizations and churches as well as receiving donations of materials and supplies.
Construction began on April 6 at 8 a.m. The crew comprised of boys and girls from the scout’s church youth group at St. Stephens UMC in Troy and fellow scouts from his former troop 390 in Troy and current troop 990 in Old Monroe as well as several adult leaders and church members. There were 30 people in total that helped.
Led by Christopher the posts for the sign were set first in concrete then the flowerbed was constructed. It took a total of 10 hours. “It was a long day of very hard work, but in the end they built my dream. I couldn’t be more proud of this group,” Christopher said of his workers.
On April 26, the fifth grade class at Hawk Point Elementary planted flowers in the bed under Christopher’s guidance. “This is for them and I wanted them to feel they had a hand in it too.” Christopher continued, “The flowers will be replanted every year by the fifth grade class as part of their giving back to the school.”
On April 27, the sign was put in place by a second group of scouts and leaders from both troops. “It was raining and cold outside but scouts are resilient and they got the job done,” Christopher spoke of finishing the project.
When asked why he chose to do a project at the elementary school he replied. “A few years ago when our millage was under review, there was a threat of the school closing. I was doing my Citizenship in the Community merit badge at the time and I learned so much about my little town. I was so proud of how they all pulled together to save the school that I had attended. I went to a couple city hall meetings and even wrote a letter to my congressman on behalf of the students. I felt I was a voice of the little ones that didn’t get a chance to speak out. When the millage passed, I knew then that when I made eagle I was going to give back to a school that taught me so much.” Christopher continued, “Along with the completion of the project I am giving the school a check for 170 dollars to purchase flowers for next year, with the hopes that I can help out.”
Christopher is 15 years old, the son of Brandon and Shaunna Hoel, of Hawk Point and the older brother of Jeremy who will start Hawk Point Elementary in the fall and hopes to follow in his big brothers footsteps.
Christopher is the grandson of Paula and the late Patrick Aldrich, of Manistique, Mich. and the grandson of James and Kate Hoel in Houghton, Mich. and Vickie and the late Don Demille, of Kewaunee, Wis.
His plans now are to return back to the eagle board next month for his final Eagle Scout Board of Review.