Zach Malec of Milford smiled and humbly accepted a thank you plaque and poster-sized card from the staff and individuals at Clermont Developmental Disabilities (Clermont DD) on Monday, Sept. 12.
As part of the 16 year-old high school junior’s efforts to become an Eagle Scout, he has spent the past eight months working on a nine-foot tall wooden, covered structure that shelters raised planting beds behind the Wildey Center near Owensville.
“This shelter will greatly expand our horticulture opportunities at the center,” said Clermont DD Adult Services Director Dan Ottke. “During the summer months it has been difficult for some of our clients to work on plant projects; this beautiful shaded structure is handicapped accessible. We are so appreciative of all the work Zach has done on this project.”
“I’ve learned a lot by building the raised planting beds and the structure that covers them,” said Malec. “It was really hot working on it this summer. It was quite a challenge, but my Scout leader helped me out, along with lots of new and old friends.”
In addition to the wooden structure, Zach worked with a local Cub Scout troop to design and paint little blue bird houses that will be placed in various parts of the structure.
“This project has been very fulfilling. I’m glad I could help my community,” said Malec, who will find out soon whether he has qualified for the coveted Eagle Scout award, the highest rank possible for a Boy Scout.
Watch an interview with Zach at www.clermontcountyohio.gov/video09162011scout.aspx.