Brent Crowther, 13, Bountiful, saw a need in his community and set his sights high - as high as a flagpole for the Utah Community Center for the Deaf.
"I just saw they didn't have one, and I decided to get one for my Eagle Scout project," said Brent, son of Bruce and Norma Crowther.For almost a year, he contacted businesses and individuals to raise money, and he finally had the $735 it took to purchase a pole. He received a real bargain at that. Colonial Specialties, a firm that installed flagpoles at Salt Lake's Triad Center, was removing the poles after Triad ran into financial difficulties.
The company agreed to sell the youth a $1,500 pole for half price to support his community-minded effort.
On May 3, with due ceremony, the American flag was raised over the center for the deaf in Bountiful, a proud testament to Brent's perseverance.
Recently, the Scout, a member of Troop 255, was honored by the Utah State School Board, which oversees programs for the deaf. The greatest reward, however, is his Eagle pin and the satisfaction of passing the deaf center now and again and seeing the fruits of his efforts standing tall and showcasing the emblem of his country.