Aaron Eilerts Day
of Service and Giving
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: http://aaroneilerts.blogspot.com/
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.