Ean Stanhope, a senior this year at Edwards County High School, gave back to the community while fulfilling a requirement to become an Eagle Scout. Ean raised nearly $3,500 for the Albion Public Library and completed several physical upgrades to the historic structure.
“I remember my grandfather (Carroll Stanhope) taking my sister and I there when we were little. It was one of my best memories as a child,” Ian said. I needed to complete my service project and I wanted to do something for the library.”
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle.
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.
Ean said that the library has been an important part of his life and wanted to help with the purchase of new computers. He also wanted to do some painting, repairs and restructuring inside the historic building.
He put a plan together in early 2013. He started by sending out letters to area residents and business asking for a donation to his project. In a few weeks, Ian raised nearly $3,500.
He painted several areas of the library and moved the computer room to the checkout area, along with shelving books in other areas.
Assistant Librarian Dixie Longbons said that the staff is so pleased that Ian chose the library for this service project.
“He is an exception young man and our community is blessed to have him.”