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Aaron Eilerts Day

Aaron Eilerts Day

of Service and Giving

February 24th

Aaron Eilerts of Eagle Grove, was a young boy scout who sewed and gave away many pillowcases to hospital patients and made napkin holders for the Senior Center.  He was also known for helping a friend or neighbor. He was one of four boys who were killed when a tornado devastated the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch in June 2008. When students at Robert Blue Middle School Learned of the tragedy, the staff started a blog page in memory of Aaron. Here students and staff were able to express their feelings. Here is what Principal Scott Jeske wrote about Aaron:

Aaron was the most giving student that I have ever had a pleasure to know. Everyone that you talk to has a story of how Aaron did something to help them or help someone else, not because he was asked to but because it was what Aaron was all about. I am sure it was a combination of the upbringing provided by his parents and his dedication to scouting that molded this young man into a young gentleman who got the most joy out of helping and serving others. I think that that is a rare concept with many people today. I remember hearing stories of Aaron making a pillow case for one of our high school students who had lost his things in a fire. He made items for the humane society, the elderly, patients in the hospital etc. I came into my office one morning after starting as Principal at the High School and there on my desk was a tie with EG on it that he had made for me. That tie will always be one of my treasured items. Another day I was given a framed poster that Aaron had put together that is up in my office that says "NEVER GIVE UP-Go Over, Go Under, Go Around Go Through, but never give up" Why did he bless me with these things. I never taught Aaron, or was his coach, or his principal. He did it because he was always looking for people that he could something nice for. I lift up my prayers to Bob and Carol, and the rest of the family and hope that God can give you strength through this difficult time. The entire Eagle Grove Community grieves with you and will be there to support and help during these times. I read a book by Stu Weber called "Tender Warrior", which was about the true attributes of what being a man is all about, and Aaron truly was a mighty tender warrior.

If you would like to visit the blog page the web address is:

The blog page contains links to news stories, events held on February 24th, and other information about Aaron Eilerts Day of Service and Giving

Photo of Proclamation

Governor Chet Culver declared February 24th as a statewide Aaron Eilerts Day of Service and Giving. To commemorate that day, students at Robert Blue Middle School in Eagle Grove participated in a number of projects to carry on Aaron’s legacy of service to others.

Below you will find pictures of service projects that were done on Aaron Eilerts Day of Service and Giving - February 24, 2014


Pillowcases were sewn and will be given to hospital patients.


Fleece tie blankets were made for the animal shelter.    


Tables were assembled for the greenhouse.    


A mural was painted in the computer lab. 


Birthday in a box was made to donate to Upper Des Moines.  

Students making crafts for community events.


Plain white pillowcases were decorated and sent to Iowa soldiers serving overseas.    


Cards were made and will be sent to soldiers overseas.


Students collected can goods to donate to the food pantry.   


T-shirt dresses were made and sent to an orphanage in Haiti.


Dolls were made and sent to an orphanage in Haiti.


Bracelets were made for Cambodia care packages.   


Students made care packages for a safe house in Cambodia.


Students washed windshields at local gas stations.


Crayons and coloring sheets were sent to an orphanage Haiti.


Students performed at Rotary Ann.

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