Boy Scout Project Gives Back to Centers for Living and Rehabilitation

November 21, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—November 21, 2016— Liam Drew, candidate for the distinction Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, constructed six tactile boards for residents of Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR) to practice fine motor skills.

“These boards include many fun challenges for residents. The latches, knobs, and switches engage residents and allow them to practice their abilities,” said Suzanne Anair, administrator, CLR. “We are grateful to Liam for his thoughtfulness in putting them together and offering them to us.”

Drew is in the 11th Grade at Mount Anthony Union High School. He met with Anair to research the needs of residents at CLR. Once the project was determined, Liam met with occupational therapists to determine the colors he should use to paint the boards and the types of items to include on each.

"The residents of CLR helped me many years ago to earn my religious award,” Drew said. “It's good to be back at CLR to offer something in return for the kindness I received."

Suzanne Anair, administrator, Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR); Mary Morrisey, Vermont State Representative, District Bennington 2-2; Liam Drew, Eagle Scout Candidate; with his parents, Dr. Simon Drew and Mary Drew, is shown with one of six tactile boards he constructed for residents of CLR to practice fine motor skills.

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