Scout updates emergency supplies at Maeser

Scout updates emergency supplies at Maeser
Posted on 03/23/2021
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Maeser Elementary School is better prepared for minor emergencies again, thanks to a former student who is working to earn his Eagle Scout.

David Semadeni was exploring options for his Eagle project when he spoke with his next-door neighbor. The neighbor, who teaches first grade at Maeser Elementary, mentioned that the emergency buckets in each of the school's classroom had supplies that were missing or outdated.

David considered the problem, talked to Maeser Principal Denise Williams, and got permission to inventory and refill the buckets.

"I started by going around the school with my dad and my brother and going through every single bucket," said the 7th grader, who attended Maeser before moving on to Uintah Middle School.

"I made a list of what was there and what was missing," David said. "I met with the teachers. That's where I got the suggestion to add Dum Dums (lollipops) to the buckets."

The teachers also suggested putting some simple game ideas in the buckets to help keep kids engaged during brief power outages or similar disruptions at the school.

The 36 buckets were first put into Maeser's classrooms about a decade or so ago. They contained basic emergency supplies like a flashlight, a small tarp, emergency blankets, a first aid kit, hand sanitizer, and bottles of water.

David and his family replaced any items missing from the buckets at their own expense, while the school paid to replace the bottles of water. David and his younger sisters, who are both students at Maeser, also put together game kits with a few dice and some ideas for group games like Telephone, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Silent Monkey See Monkey Do.

David, his family and fellow Scouts restocked the buckets and returned them to the classrooms on March 11. David said the project taught him an important lesson about preparedness and paying attention to detail.

"I know that if I ever do anything like this again, I will prepare more before I do the project," he said, noting that he had to go back to fill one of the buckets he had originally missed.

"I'll do everything humanly possible before I do the project, and then double and triple check everything," David added.

Principal Williams expressed her gratitude to David and those who helped him with the project.

"We've worked hard at Maeser over the years to create a culture of kindness and service," Williams said, "so it's awesome to have one of our former students choose a service project that helps our school."
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