Local Eagle Scout hopeful continues cemetery service project
September 14, 2016
For the Jimenez family, community service is a group event. Bryan Jimenez, 17, is the second of the Washburn family to work toward earning his Eagle Scout rank and is pursing that through continuing a service project his brother, Alejandro, began last year.
Alejandro, known to his friends as Alex, earned his Eagle Scout rank last year. One of the components of earning the highly-acclaimed rank is to have a service project. His project was a landscaping venture of the True Love Cemetery, which is near the family’s home.
Through the aid of family, friends and generous businesses, Alejandro was able to landscape 120 feet of the fence row at the cemetery, making the property more appealing to patrons visiting their lost loved ones.
When Bryan started thinking about his own service project, he decided to continue his brother’s work and do another 120 feet of the fence row, which was much appreciated by the cemetery association that runs the site.
Bryan said, “Once Alex had done the project, I realized how pretty it was, and I was wondering what to do for my Eagle project. So I thought it would be nice to have the whole east side covered with landscaping.”
Bryan did say that the work was much easier thanks to learning quite a bit from his brother’s initial quest to complete the landscaping. He said, “Alex’s was 230 hours, but since we were experienced, it was only 130 hours instead.” Bryan also said they had fewer volunteers, but they all had more experience, which made it easier.
Bryan said, “I actually called 15 people throughout my project. Alex, my dad and Brandon Burns, a friend, really helped a lot.”
Everyone in his family helped out, even Alex before he left for college. Bryan said, “I helped Alex every step of the way on his project, and in exchange, Alex has helped me through every last bit of mine.”
He added, “I’m so grateful for the True Love Cemetery committee because they helped me throughout all of it. Trish (McCracken) supported me and asked me what I needed and when I needed it.”
Bryan has about a year to finish his Eagle Scout rank, which all elements must be complete by the time he turns 18. When asked what he has left, he laughed and said, “I’ve got a couple of merit badges and a lot of paperwork.”
He began his journey in scouts at eight years old as a Cub Scout. He said, “I’ve always wanted to finish my Eagle Scout because earning the Eagle is one of the highest honors in the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) organization. I’ve seen multiple scouts earn their Eagles, and I have high respect for them.”
Bryan is a member of Boy Scout 977 of Cassville. Donations for the True Love Cemetery project came from Lowe’s of Rogers, Ark., Meeks of Rogers, Ark., Perennials, Etc., of Garfield, Ark., MFA of Cassville, Tyson Foods, and Wheeler Metals of Rogers, Ark.
Bryan lives in Washburn with his father, Prudencio, mother, Marisela, and sister, Rachel. Alejandro attends Harvard University.