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Eagle Scout completes student room project

From left, Laura Vieira, Ray of Hope's executive director, displays the peg board work in the "student room" filled with brand new backpacks. The work was the effort of Troy Hoffdahl, an East Union...

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED October 1, 2009 2:38 a.m.

Laura Vieira was thrilled with the recent work by Troy Hoffdahl.

He’s the East Union High junior who completed the “student room” at Ray of Hope for his Eagle Project.

Hoffdahl, 16, has been a Scout since his pre-school days, starting with Cub Scouts and progressing to Boy Scouts.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program, with the position held for life.

“My Dad is an Eagle Scout,” Hoffdahl said. “So for me it’s real nice becoming an Eagle Scout.”

Roger, Troy’s father, was especially proud.

“His sister did some work for Ray of Hope and (Troy) wanted to do something to help out,” the older Hoffdahl added.

His project consisted of installing and painting a wall at the Ray of Hope facility consisting of peg boards on one end filled with brand new backpacks. Hoffdahl also put together a pair of moveable storage units equipped with shelves specifically for school supplies.

“It’s like walking into a store,” said Ray of Hope executive director Vieira. “The kids can come in here and shop for school supplies.”

They’ll select a backpack from one wall and fill it with various school supplies from any of the two storage units.
“Troy wanted to do something for the peers in his community,” said his mother, Camille.

In turn, Vieira plans to use Hoffdahl’s work and design throughout Ray of Hope.

“It will be the prototype,” she said.

Hoffdahl was grateful for the donations of businesses and service organizations such as the local Masons and the Noontime Kiwanis to make his Eagle Project possible.

In addition, Vieira noted that Ray of Hope has been helping out several local teachers by donating some of the backpacks and school supplies.

“Giving back to our schools is our next focus,” she said.

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