JACKSON TWP. The Boys Scouts shapes young men into ideals of service and giving back to the community. Scott Saadey accomplished the goal recently in earning his Eagle Scout award.
Saadey’s project benefitted a prior school he attended within the Jackson Local School District.
"I needed to do the Eagle Scout award before my 18th birthday," said Saadey, who is the son of Joe and Lisette Saadey. He has two older sisters, Rachel and Abbey, and a younger sister, Hannah. "I met with my (Jackson High School) Principal Jeff Kracker. He said Sauder Elementary School was building a pavilion and that they needed picnic tables. So that is how my project came about."
Saadey, who attended Sauder as an elementary student and recently graduated from Jackson High School, said he also spoke with the principal at Strausser Elementary School, which has a similar set up of a pavilion and picnic table.
"The school wanted to have weather resistant picnic tables," said Saadey, who was a member of Jackson’s Purple Army Marching band, a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. "Strausser has weather resistant mental picnic tables, so that is what I did for Sauder. I purchased the tables. There was a kit that came with tables. So I did some drilling and bolting."
Saadey’s Troop 935 of McDonaldsville St. Paul Methodist Church, does not provide funds for the Eagle Scout award. Each picnic table costs approximately $500. Saadey explained how he raised the money for his project.
"I raised the whole amount," said the incoming Kent State University student, who will study computer science engineering. "Back in February, there was the Polar Bear Plunge sponsored by Jackson Local Schools Foundation. I raised money for the cause. I jumped into Lake Cable early on a February morning, but it was not too cold that day. Half of the money raised went to the foundation and the other half was for the project. I raised $900. The rest of the money came from donations from family and friends and the Surgical Association of Canton."
Eagle Scout projects take an incredible amount of time. Saadey said that he started the project in November and was completed in March. He explained what he learned from this experience.
"What I learned the most is you have to adjust and improvise," said Saadey, who has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher aid at St. Michael Parish. "The biggest hurdle was fundraising. I talked to some restaurants but I was turned down. I needed a quick way to raise money."
Many Eagle Scouts work on the projects at home and then must transport the finished product to site.
"I had four scouts and family help me get the picnic tables to the school," said Saadey, who has served as a Patrol Leader, Chaplain Aid, Historian and Troop Guide, holds a fifth-year Pipestone and Polar Bear Camping Award and is an Ordeal member in the Order of the Arrow with his troop.
Like many scouts, Saadey was enticed at a young age.
"Some scouts came into school and spoke the cub scouts," said Saadey. "I told my parents I wanted to join. I have learned practical skills through badges. I have learned to be a leader and role model. I have made many lasting friendships."