Monday, February 1, 2010

Scout bridges healing, gardening to earn Millun Atluri's Eagle rank

Folsom's Millun Alturi, 14, raises $8k for hospital project

Millun Atluri of Folsom has earned his Eagle Scout rank thanks to a hospital project inspired by a science fair exhibit.

(Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young menThe title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle").

Millun, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 237 in Folsom, earned his newest rank on Nov. 22 at a Court of Honor. He is the 44th Eagle Scout from the troop that will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

He is currently a freshman at Vista Del Lago High School. He earned 32 merit badges, 11 more than the requirement for the Eagle Rank. He worked on his project at Mercy Hospital and spent 1,000 hours and a year-and-a-half to complete. He raised close to $8,000 for the project.

As part of the project, Millun added soothing music in the Mercy Emergency Department waiting room to help patients and their families relax while waiting to be treated. This project was started from a science fair project that won him first place at the Sacramento Regional Science Fair in 2008, which he later presented at the California State Science Fair at Los Angeles.

As the second part of his project, Millun created a healing garden from the existing Friendship Garden at Mercy Hospital, Folsom.

He planted 100 plants and trees, added new mulch, rebuilt a footbridge, installed a vinyl picket fence, added solar lights, solar artwork and a fountain. He converted the fountain to solar energy using a large solar panel and other components and built a chain-link fence around it for security. Millun organized 70 volunteers who worked for six days to make it all happen

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