LAFAYETTE -- Six scouts from Boy Scout Troop 204 attained their Eagle Scout awards in March. Under the supervision of Scoutmaster

Tom Steuber, the boys earned the awards by completing six different community service projects.

Maxwell Raymond Mirner conducted and supervised a six-week-long collection of new and gently used socks for patients, and nonperishable food and paper products for the Family House at Children's Hospital Oakland.

Juan Andres Pestana's project consisted of sanding the entire wooden recreational structure at Shelter Inc., an organization that works with homeless and near-homeless families in Contra Costa County. He removed old rusty bolts and screws, extracted two old plastic windows and replaced them with new polycarbonate plastic windows, and applied a new coat of waterproof veneer to the whole structure. He supervised numerous fellow Scouts as well as other youth in carrying out various complex tasks such as the shellacking and sanding of the structure.


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Daniel Romero Samaniego built a memorial bench and reading garden in memory of

Karri Robison, who passed away in 2012 of cancer. Robison was a third-grade teacher at Cambridge Elementary School in Concord. He worked with her third-graders to personalize the pavers and tiles used as a platform for the bench by coloring them with pictures and words to express their memories of their teacher. He assembled, prepared and painted the bench, cleared and prepped the soil and planted the shrubs and flowers for the reading garden.

Andrew Sadao Higake Nakahara completed his project this past summer for Burton Valley Elementary. Working with Vice Principal Jim

Manheimer, Nakahara and his crew of fellow Scouts and volunteers installed two benches and planted a flower bed. The benches and flowers are located in the hillside near the music room.

Weston Milo Borosky designed and built 18 new body boards for the Walnut Creek Community Emergency Response Team, improving on an older, outdated design. He met and consulted with CERT directors, medical personnel and firefighters, and then built several prototypes and field-tested designs during an actual CERT emergency practice drill. The new design improves lift-and-carry functionality, can be safely maneuvered down stairs and features medical-grade head and neck restraints.

Peter Clark Mitchell built four planter boxes, which he assembled and installed at Shelter Inc. in Martinez. After building the boxes, he transported them to the site, filled the boxes with dirt and planted some plants in them, which will serve to grace the garden at the facility. In addition to the plants, he also planted a lemon and orange tree at the site.