Stephen is classified as an autistic child and is a candidate for becoming an Eagle Scout with Troop 152 in Chenango Forks. For his Eagle project, Stephen chose to build a wheelchair ramp at Nineveh Presbyterian Church for a family that has a child that is wheelchair bound.
Stephen noticed that it was becoming more difficult to get "Eddy" into church because of the size of the wheelchair he was in, and as Eddy was getting older he was growing too.
The church has an elevator but it's small and often tempermental, so Stephen decided that a ramp for the church would not just benefit Eddy, but the rest of the congregation as well, since there is a majority that would make use of it too.
Stephen raised most of the money he needed through car washes. He received help from the scout troop and the church youth group. He also received donations from local businesses in the area which helped make upgrades to the project possible by adding the vinyl handrails to make the ramp stand out.
Over a number of weekends in October and November, Stephen managed to get most of the help he needed from the scout troop and some from church members. The construction was completed the weekend before Thanksgiving just a few days before Stephen's 18th birthday.
We wish to thank everyone that participated in this project, either by working or donating to the project.
Special thanks goes to Binghamton Simulator Co., Harpursville Farm and Garden, Hacker's Packers Trash Hauling and Fenton Development Corp. for their generous donations. A special thanks goes to 88-BC Lumber for not only their donation of a discount on materials, but also for their help with planning, delivering materials and encouragement, as well as allowing us to get the additional materials we needed on account, and give us the time needed to raise the additional funds to pay off the project.
Stephen's Eagle board of review is scheduled for January 20th, 2011.
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