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DTC students prepares 100 meals as part of Eagle Scout project

Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 4:19 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Boy Scouts of America community service project is the last hurdle for many members before they earn the eagle scout rank.

Javier Cepero has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for as far back as he can remember.

Over the years he has moved up in rank from a scout to a life.

But one final marker, the community service project, was standing between him and the rank of eagle scout.

“Usually projects are like building something and building is great but it’s just not my thing,” says Cepero.

His thing is cooking. So, he decided to prepare 100 meals for residents at the Ark in Dothan for his project.

His dishes included rice and beans, chicken stew, and homemade bread.

“It’s a Puerto Rican feast. I’m Puerto Rican and this food I’ve been eating all my life and it’s just a part of me,” says Cepero.

Javier classmates volunteered to help, his mother lent him some secrets to her recipes, and his culinary arts teacher was by his side, but he did a majority of the work himself.

In fact, the point of the project is to give scouts the chance to plan, develop, and give leadership to others.

“He found the charity to do. He found the money to do it. And he has organized, priced out everything, put the kids to work in a job organizational chart,” says DTC’s culinary arts instructor Tara Hooks.

Javier is a virtual student, but he spent most of the week at school in the kitchen preparing to give back and inspiring his classmates and instructor.

'Not only has he used his skills for me he has inspired me. This is the way education is supposed to work. We’re supposed to inspire each other," says Hooks.

Now he’s one step closer to earning the eagle scout rank.

“I’m finally almost done,” says Cepero.

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