Eagle Scout equips his school with ‘crisis buckets’

Greg Stoneburner, wearing his ROTC uniform, packs a crisis bucket for his school, Central High. The supplies can be used in a long-term lock-down situation. Greg’s project was part of his service requirement for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

If there is ever a crisis situation at Central High School, students and staff know what to reach for.

Greg Stoneburner, a junior at Central High, compiled 35 “crisis buckets” for the school last summer as a service project for his Eagle Scout badge. Each bucket contains items that could come in handy during a crisis situation, such as a lock-down, school shooting or severe weather event. Items include bottled water, snacks, candies for diabetics, splints, bandages, first aid instructions, rope and chemical lights.

Stoneburner, 17, was originally going to clean a shooting range for his Eagle project. But he changed his plans last spring after speaking with a teacher who said the buckets were needed.

He spoke to nurses, firefighters, SWAT team members and National Guard members to decide what supplies would be helpful, then began collecting buckets and their contents — all of which were donated by local businesses.

There are enough buckets to fill about a third of the rooms. Central Principal Jody Diers said she expects other students to compile enough buckets for the remaining rooms by October as part of a separate service project. Diers said Stoneburner set up a perfect model to duplicate with the other buckets.

“We’ve had a lot of Eagle Scout projects here, but this is one that will probably have the most impact on us in the everyday sense of the word,” Diers said.

Even the buckets’ presence helps people keep in mind what to do in an emergency, she said.

The Court of Honor ceremony, during which Stoneburner will receive his Eagle Scout badge and medal, will be Monday. Stoneburner said he plans to check up on the buckets and make sure they’re fully stocked before he graduates next year.

“More projects are probably on the way. I got to help the guys in my troop who are still working on their Eagle Scouts,” he said.


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