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BAHS student’s Eagle Scout project benefits community

To achieve the Eagle Scout rank, Zach LaBathe needed to plan, develop and lead a community service project. Zach, a senior at Burnsville Alternative High School (BAHS) in Eagan, considered a lot of possibilities, but wanted to come up with something unique that would make a big difference in people’s daily lives.

While researching ideas, Zach discovered that the local food shelf was short on personal care products. So he developed a plan to create personal hygiene kits to donate to 360 Communities to distribute to people who could make good use of them.

“Good hygiene is a key factor in getting a job, going to school, and even building self-esteem,” said Zach, who has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America since first grade.  

He developed a workable plan that was approved by the Boy Scouts organization. Then, Zach gathered donations, purchased supplies and produced 200 personal hygiene kits with items like shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and more. One-hundred kits are for women and 100 are for men.  

Zach thanks community members, family and friends for their donations to the project. He also credits Boy Scouts of America for the huge part they played in supporting him and organizing the event.

“Zach is passionate about helping others,” said Teneasha Ellis, administrative assistant at BAHS. “Zach says, ‘Don’t do things because you’ll see the outcome. Do things because you know they’re right.’ We’re very proud of Zach and what he has accomplished.”

His plans for the future include an electrician apprenticeship program that will give him on-the-job training and experience to learn the trade.

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:04