Lincoln-Way Central student completes Eagle Scout Project
Friday, October 6, 2017

On Sunday, October 1, Lincoln-Way Central senior Thomas Duracka delivered his completed Eagle Scout project to Park Lawn School.

The senior handcrafted two flower boxes and two park benches for the outside space at Park Lawn School. This service project will help Tom receive an Eagle Scout Badge before his 18th birthday.

Park Lawn is a school and residential facility for people with developmental disabilities. Park Lawn provides several residential environments for adults, and their mission is to provide services that promote independence, choice, and access to community living.

“I am proud of Tom for putting the effort into the project, and thankful to everyone who volunteered their time and resources to help,” says Tom’s mother, Michelle Hansen.

“Tom has a high functioning form of autism, along with some other learning disabilities, therefore some tasks are a lot more difficult for him than they might be for others and this was a big accomplishment for him.”

Tom chose to work with Park Lawn School to earn his Eagle Scout Badge because he and his extended family are very involved there; his cousin receives services through Park Lawn.

The following volunteers helped make this project a possibility: Thomas Gambino, Nick Gambino, Ben Voss, Frank Cerny, Charlie Mayhugh, Sean Morris, Nathan Creech, Jack Pusatera, and Noah Swerhun.

The Lincoln-Way senior will go through a board of review in the hopes of being awarded a rank of Eagle Scout. In order to receive this badge, one must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project to any religious institution, school, or community.

Park Lawn School will be placing place cards on the finished products to indicate that the flower boxes and benches were donated through Tom’s Eagle Project.