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How This Eagle Scout Hopeful Is Making His Meeting Place More Accessible

Jim is making sure both his parents can be at all his Scouting events. Photo: Calvin Jensen)
Jim is making sure both his parents can be at all his Scouting events. (Photo: Calvin Jensen)

Twelve-year-old Scout Jim A.’s mother wasn’t able to come to his Scouting events. Her wheelchair couldn’t get up the stairs to the cultural hall of his LDS meeting place. So, like any courteous Scout, Jim took action.

Since the building was not up to date with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Jim decided to use his Eagle project as an opportunity to construct a ramp so people with limited mobility can get into the building. He also plans to rebuild the facility’s stairs and add accessible parking for everyone.

“It will improve the church building greatly, because one, it will be the start of beginning to modernize our church, especially to ADA standards,” Jim told Utah’s KSL.

The project is not without challenges. Jim is planning a reconfiguration of the building’s ventilation system, as the new ramp will block where air circulates. But the Scout is prepared and plans to place a tube to ensure ventilation is undisrupted.

As the project breaks ground this month, Jim hopes it not only brings him to Eagle Scout rank but also allows his mom to attend his Eagle Court of Honor.

Jim broke ground on constructing a ramp to help his mother and other church members access a local LDS building. (Photo: Jo Ellen A.)
Jim is constructing a ramp to help his mother and other church members access a local LDS building. (Photo: Jo Ellen A.)

Read more about Jim’s quest to help his mom and other members of the church by reading the full story on Utah’s KSL.

Gina

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