Garland Boy Scout Preston Sanderson was honored by Keep Texas Beautiful with a first place Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award as the Top Scout – Male for 2014.
This honor recognizes outstanding accomplishments that result in cleaner, more beautiful communities, making Texas a better place to live. In addition to the award recognition, the 15-year-old member of Troop 1978 Preston also received a $100 cash prize. His winning award application was submitted by Keep Garland Beautiful, an affiliate of KTB.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Preston teamed up with City of Garland Cod Compliance Code Cares to help fix up eight Garland homes for residents who were unable to bring their property into code compliance. He said he got the idea for his Eagle Scout project because he “knew there was a need right where I live and I knew I could help.” He received donations from area businesses, churches, civic groups and other Scout groups, totaling almost $10,000 in cash contributions and in-kind donations.
He enlisted 219 people to help, representing 2,805 volunteer hours. He calculated the number of volunteers for each home and assigned a site leader to each. Following the day of work, he treated the workers to dinner donated by a local restaurant. Some of the projects included painting, garage door replacement, building a wheelchair ramp, cleaning gutters, trimming shrubs, repairing or replacing fences and replacing light bulbs.
Preston is also Mayor Douglas Athas’s appointee to the Garland Youth Council, a board appointed by the Garland City Council.