Isaac takes great pride in being a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He is currently pursuing top honors of an Eagle Scout. The final step is to complete a community service project. When his scout leader, Chris Thomson, came across information about a little abandoned cemetery in Selma, North Carolina, he was immediately interested.
This project hits close to home for Isaac. When he was nine years old, his baby brother was laid to rest in the Selma Memorial Gardens. He would regularly visit the gravesite with his family. One day as he looked out over the nice manicured grass of the memorial gardens, he noticed a portion of the cemetery that was very run down and covered with broken headstones. At only nine years old, he did not think too much about it at the time, but now he has the opportunity to restore that exact portion of the cemetery.
After thorough research and visiting the cemetery, Isaac devised a plan to revitalize the cemetery. With the assistance of his parents, fellow scouts, leaders, and church members, he will clean up the grounds and repair the broken headstones. He would also like to construct an entrance sign for the cemetery with a grave map on the back of it. “I would like the cemetery to be a respectful site for visitors and especially for the families buried there,” Isaac said. “The sign will provide awareness of the cemetery and recognition of the site.”
To complete his Eagle Scout project, Isaac hopes to raise $1,000 through Red Basket to purchase tombstone repair kits, cleaning products, and ground improvement materials. “My vision is to see the community come together and give this cemetery a proper makeover and upkeep,” said Isaac. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and help him restore and bring focus to this forgotten Selma cemetery. Donate and share his story today!