Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

YOUTH’S PROJECT AIDS INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has honored an Eagle Scout from Morristown for an ambitious project that improved the Interfaith Food Pantry’s food garden, adding natural elements and making it easier for kids to participate in growing food.

The freeholders presented a certificate of achievement to David Draghi of Scout Troop 112 in Morristown.

David Draghi is joined (l/r) by Freeholders Doug Cabana, Deborah Smith, Kathy DeFillippo, Christine Myers, Hank Lyon, and John Cesaro

David Draghi is joined (l/r) by Freeholders Doug Cabana, Deborah Smith, Kathy DeFillippo, Christine Myers, Hank Lyon, and John Cesaro The scout, a resident of Morris

David, a resident of Morris Township and a senior at Morristown High School, was joined by his parents at the ceremony, held at the Board of Freeholders’ Oct. 13 meeting in Morristown, to celebrate the positive achievements of this young county resident.

David explains his project to the freeholders

David explains his project to the freeholders

The freeholders praised Draghi for completing the service project that earned him the Eagle Scout designation, which is attained by less than four percent of Boy Scouts nationwide.

“This terrific young man has made a difference in our county community, dedicating his time to aid a nonprofit organization that helps families in need,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “He is obviously a likely future leader of our county and state.’’

For his Eagle Scout project, David enhanced the Food Pantry’s garden by creating a vertical garden, worm composter, and a picnic table for children.

The vertical garden is used to cultivate seedlings, used to grow plans to seed to germination to seedling stage.

pantryThe worm composter is filled with fruit and vegetable scraps that are decomposed by worms to create fertile soil.

The picnic table is for children too small to sit at regular sized tables when participating in garden activities.

Volunteers joining David in his project were recruited from family, friends, scouts of Troop 112 and the Morristown Marching Band – David is a four-year member, playing baritone horn.

Among many activities in addition to the marching band, David is a member of the Morristown High School Wind Ensemble, and has been inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Italian Honor Society.