Eagle Scout Honored For Youth Project To Improve Interfaith Food Pantry Garden

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has honored an Eagle Scout from Morristown for an
ambitious project that improved the Interfaith Food Pantry’s good garden, adding some
important natural elements and making it easier for children to participate in growing food.

The freeholders presented a certificate of achievement to David Draghi of Scout
Troop 112 in Morristown for his accomplishment.

The scout, a senior at Morristown High School, was joined by his parents at the ceremony,
held at the Board of Freeholders’ Oct. 13 meeting in Morristown, to celebrate the
positive achievements of this young county resident.

The freeholders praised Draghi for completing the service project that earned him the Eagle Scout designation, which is attained by less than four percent of Boy Scouts nationwide.

“This terrific young man has made a difference in our county community, dedicating his time to
aid a nonprofit organization that helps families in need,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy
DeFillippo. “He is obviously a likely future leader of our county and state.’’

For his Eagle Scout project, Draghi enhanced the Food Pantry’s garden by creating a vertical
garden, worm composter, and a picnic table for children. The vertical garden is used to cultivate seedlings, used to grow plans to seed to germination to seedling stage.

The worm composter is filled with fruit and vegetable scraps that are decomposed by worms to
create fertile soil. The picnic table is for children too small to sit at regular sized tables when participating in garden activities.

Volunteers joining Draghi in his project were recruited from family, friends, scouts of Troop 112 and the Morristown Marching Band, in which Draghi plays baritone horn for the past four years.

Among many activities in addition to the marching band, David is a member of the Morristown
High School Wind Ensemble, and has been inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society and
the Italian Honor Society.

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