Eagle Scout project helps animal shelter

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(This story by Zack Steen appeared in the Daily Corinthian and is appearing here with permission.)

One local Boy Scout has given back to an organization close to his heart.

Fourteen-year-old Nate Drewry recently completed his Eagle Scout Project by helping the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter in an area where they desperately needed help.

“The animal shelter has always been somewhere my family and I had thought about,” said Drewry, who entered the ninth grade last week at Corinth High School. “We adopted a dog from there when I was younger and knew they could use help.”

Drewry and his parents, Katie and Steve, reached out to the shelter’s volunteer director Charlotte Doehner in June to learn their needs.

“We meet with Mrs. Charlotte and found out they really needed new dog cage platform tables for their puppy room. The platforms were old and moldy with water damage. They were collapsing to the floor,” said the Scout. “At that point, I knew in my heart this is what we needed to do as my Eagle Project – we needed to help the shelter.”

A major milestone for all Boy Scouts, the Eagle project serves as the ultimate “application phase” of what a Boy Scout has learned and should highlight leadership, responsibility, managing projects and applying the Scout Oath – “to help other people.”

In early July, Nate and his dad got to work building four new large dog cage platform tables. They used 2×4’s to build the frame and 4×4’s for the legs. Large plywood sheets were used for the platform tops. The Drewry’s also added primer and sealer to each table to help prevent future water damage.

Three other local Boy Scouts assisted with the project, including Baker Hall, Jake Brawner and Ely Null. All four boys are members of Troop 27 based in Corinth and led by troop leaders Bill and Robert Davis.The Drewry’s were able to deliver the finished products to the shelter last week.

“To be able to do this and help Mrs. Charlotte is a great feeling. They do so much for the community with so little. To find out they need help like this and to be able to provide that help is exactly what being a scout is all about,” said Drewry. “I’m so thankful we’re a part of helping the shelter and helping save more animals in this community.”

Drewry is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Corinth.