Fleetwood Eagles

The 2020 class of Fleetwood High School included many Eagle Scouts. On the high school steps are, top row from left Steven Gehringer, Carson Crossley, Derek Sadler, Ian Snyder; middle row, Avery Millisock, Luke Gilbert, Alexander Tucci, Jesse Fullington;front row, Jeff Kline, Riley Wentz, Matthew Burkert, Zachary Haas and Harrison Ouellette. Other Eagle Scouts to graduate were Jonathon Hope and Erik Werner.

It's something heard at almost every graduation ceremony.

Someone standing on the stage addressing the students instructs them to go out and do something great. The person urges them to make a difference in the community, to leave something behind for those who come after them and to find ways to put their talents to use.

More than a dozen members of the Fleetwood High School Class of 2020 have gotten a jump on that.

The class boasts 14 Eagle Scouts — the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America — who contributed more than 2,700 hours of service in making the community a better place in a variety of ways through an array of projects.

Meet the Scouts

Steven Gehringer: He raised more than $4,000 to replace the fence at Safety Net Sanctuary, an animal shelter in Berks County.

Carson Crossley: He led an education project on mason bees — which are very good at pollinating fruit trees — after earning his pollinator garden certification, recruiting volunteers to construct 10 homes from the bees, planting bee-friendly vegetation and then installing the homes on farmland near Seisholtzville.

Jesse Fullington: He improved the industrial room at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Kutztown by cleaning, painting and installing shelves.

Derek Sadler: He led more than 50 people in constructing two portages at Gring's Mill Recreation Area in Spring Township so that kayakers and canoers could more easily pull ashore and launch back in the Tulpehocken Creek. That project was named the 2017 Eagle Scout Project of the Year by the Hawk Mountain Council.

Ian Snyder: He collected 82 instruments for the Reading Musical Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial support for local musicians, music scholarships for those with financial needs and extensive music outreach for programs in most of Berks County schools.

Avery Millisock: He added new landscaping around a memorial bench and installed a flagpole at Maidencreek Community Park.

Luke Gilbert: He installed a brick pathway leading to the columbarium at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Whitfield.

Alexander Tucci: He installed a 200-foot-long gravel pathway to connect two neighborhoods in an effort to provide a safer route than a roadway.

Jeff Kline: He planned and constructed a gravel shot put sector at Fleetwood High School for more accurate measurement of distances.

Riley Wentz: He constructed and installed cases to display art at the Fleetwood Community Center.

Zachary Haas: He held collected more than 1,500 pairs of shoes to benefit Hope Rescue Mission and Opportunity House in Reading.

Harrison Ouellette: He conducted a teddy bear drive to donate to patients at pediatric hospitals.

Jonathon Hope: He prepared and served lunch for two days at Kennedy House in Reading.

Erik Werner: He prepared, repaired and stained two historic buildings at the Berks County Heritage Center in Bern Township.

Matthew Burkert: He cleaned and repaired benches and picnic tables, replaced nine bluebird house and removed invasive plants at Rentschler Arboretum in Bernville. While Burkert is a member of the Troop that many of the Fleetwood graduates belong to, he graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy.

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