Getting ready to head to DC are Zachary Williams, Lenzel Robinson, Matthew Henerson, Steve Friend, Scott Van Duzer, Jenny Champagne, Amber Woods, Kalene Rowley, Joseph Jean, Jocelyn Jocerin
Thanks to a generous gift from Steve Friend of Treasure Coast Lexus and Treasure Coast Toyota, members of Boy Scout Troop 772 will be packing their bags and heading to Washington, D.C., later this month to visit with lawmakers, including State Representatives Larry Lee, Congressman Patrick Murphy, St. Lucie County Commissioner Kim Johnson, and Congressman John Lewis. Friend learned of the invitation the troop had received and offered $8,400 to help cover the cost of the trip. The remaining funds were donated through Andrew Hunt and the Roy Hunt Foundation, and the St. Lucie County Firefighters. While in the capitol, members of the troop and their chaperones will meet with Congressman Lewis, visit with Congressman Murphy, who extended the initial invite to the boys, and have a chance to tour the capital and White House.
Since starting Troop 772 in early December, the number of trips to the principal’s office are markedly down, referrals have nearly disappeared, and there is something in the air at Dan McCarty Middle School. There are currently 57 scouts registered with the troop, and another 70 boys on a waiting list. With a strong belief that quality time and role modeling are key ingredients to help curb the tide of violence which threatens our community and robs us of young lives with bright futures, these community leaders are teaching teamwork, integrity, scholarship, and positive attitude to help expose the young men to opportunities and avenues of community service that are far more rewarding than the crime and punishment that come along with the quick and short-lived thrill of gang life. To learn more about the Van Duzer Foundation’s work with Troop 772, please call (772) 528-3467.
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