Eagle projects inspired by Hurricane Harvey

October 1, 2018

A pair of West University residents and Lamar High School students have reached the utmost echelon of Boy Scouts, thanks in part to their efforts following the impact of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Kaleb Cole and James Leishman from Troop 125 earned the highest rank in scouting and became Eagle Scouts recently. Both scouts developed their Eagle projects based on experiences during Hurricane Harvey.

Cole’s father is a first responder with HFD and did many water rescues. He decided to mark street signs in the Meyerland area with reflective tape to help notify firefighters of water depths in high-risk flood zones, helping to save lives and property.

Many animals were also displaced after Harvey and shelters were overwhelmed. Leishman’s family adopted a cat from “Friends for Life,” a no-kill animal shelter that depends on donations. Leishman organized a donation drive in his neighborhood to support “Friends for Life” and collected more than 500 cans of pet food.

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