CR Pulizzotto is a candidate for the highest achievement and rank possible in the Boy Scouts of America. The J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grader is on the verge of earning the Eagle Scout Award after meeting a long series of stringent requirements over the years, including completion of an extensive service project.
A longtime member of Boy Scout Troop 113 in Centerport, Mr. Pulizzotto chose to refresh the landscaping around the Finley flagpole area and install four attractive benches for those who choose to sit there and reflect or wait for friends or loved ones.
Finley eighth grader CR Pulizzotto
Eagle Scout Award candidate.
“The Eagle Scout Award is Scouting’s highest rank and among its most familiar icons,” according to the Boys Scouts of America. “Men who have earned it count it among their most treasured possessions. Those who missed it by a whisker remember exactly which requirement they didn’t complete. Americans from all walks of life know that being an Eagle Scout is a great honor, even if they don’t know just what the badge means. The award is more than a badge. It’s a state of being. You are an Eagle Scout; never were.”
Mr. Pulizzotto coordinated his project with Finley Principal John Amato and Huntington UFSD Operations Manager George Austin, who attended last weekend’s installation.
The four new benches are being dedicated in memory of Finley security guard DeWitt McCall and student Keendar Durand, who both passed away over the past year. Mr. Pulizzotto raised the money needed to fund the project during a car wash at Finley on October 21. He distributed flag label pins to those making a donation to the project.
The benches were built offsite at Mr. Pulizzotto’s home and then transported to Finley for installation. Six boxwoods were planted to complete the small hedge that already existed in the area around the flag pole. Several additional mop evergreens were also added to the circle. White azaleas, in honor of the school colors replaced lilies by the car drop-off area.
Several other Huntington students pitched in and assisted Mr. Pulizzotto during the installation, including freshman Joseph O’Connell and senior Jack Farrell, himself an Eagle Scout Award candidate.
“I’ve always loved scouting from my first visit to a pack meeting when I was in kindergarten,” Mr. Pulizzotto said. “I couldn’t wait to be old enough to join. Now that I’m a few years past those days, I still have the same fun and some new fun at the meetings and camp-outs.”