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Autism Awareness Project


Seth Reel and Emily Cobleigh are both in the Scouting organization. Seth started in Tiger Cubs in Kindergarten, and Emily joined Daisy Scouts during her pre-school years. They are working on their final projects, their last requirement for Eagle Scout and Gold Award...and their projects are intertwined. This is something that both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts local offices do not recall having been done before.

Seth, after holding a variety of positions within his troop and completing numerous required merits, has built a bench to be displayed and used, for the benefit of the public. Seth who plans to go into Engineering, wanted to build something with his hands that could be used for many years to come.

Emily, as an Ambassador level Girl Scout must have a minimum of 80 hrs of preparation, planning, and completion of her service project, that reaches beyond the Girl Scouts and impacts the community. For this, she chose to promote Autism Awareness. This idea was inspired through Peer to Peer Group that she is a part of at Flushing High School. The Peer to Peer Group originally started out helping students with Autism, but has expanded to help students with other special needs. Working with people with special needs is a career Emily plans to pursue as a speech pathologist.

The bench as you can see, is not an ordinary bench for people to rest, but it also displays a special message of Autism Awareness, with colorful art work.

Many thanks to Seth and Emily for sharing their talent and their desire to promote Autism Awareness with the students and staff of Flushing High School. Congratulations to these two fine scouts!


Autism Awareness Bench    


Seth Reel & Emily Cobleigh with Tim Stein