Kotch gives back
Stuart Kotch wanted to give something back to a place that enriched his early childhood.
That's why the 15-year-old member of Troop 28, Rising Sun, elected to complete his Eagle Scout project at Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene Daycare.
Kotch attended the daycare from 2004-2011.
"The leaders and everyone who worked here was super nice," he said.
With help from family and friends, Kotch added a rock climbing wall to existing playground at the Church of the Nazarene. He built a new border, planted a tree, and performed maintenance.
Including the planning stages, the project took a year to bring to fruition. It was completed in May.
"I learned leadership skills, how to work with people, and how to plan things," Kotch said of the project.
Last Thursday morning, Kotch visited the daycare to dedicate the renovated playground in honor of Loretta Moore and former pastor Rev. Richard Moore. Mrs. Moore founded the daycare in 1977.
The playground was rechristened "Making Moore Memories."
Former director Carma Stanley said the daycare generated money for the project through fundraisers and donations.
Kotch, who joined the Cub Scouts in first grade, awaits a board review before being inducted as an Eagle Scout, which he hopes will happen soon.
When that does occur, Kotch will become the second member of his family to become an Eagle Scout. His brother, Jackson, earned the honor in 2010.
Stuart Kotch said those who assisted with the project include Foxfire Nursery, his parents Margaret and John Kotch, grandfather George Kotch, fellow scouts Parker Hayden and Zack Jackson, Parker's mother, Kim Hayden, scoutmaster Dave Kerr, and American Legion Post 194.
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