Eagle Scout Collects 200 Toys for Head Start, His “Preschool Alma Mater”


 Eagle Scout Jeffrey Bosmediano knows the meaning of “giving back” to his community. For his service project for Troop 73, he chose to conduct a Holiday Toy Drive for the children in FSW’s Head Start, a program he himself enjoyed as a pre-schooler. “I still remember some of my teachers from Head Start and wanted to give back to the program,” notes Jeffrey, now a senior at White Plains High School.

 With help from his parents and Scoutmaster, Jeffrey started planning the Toy Drive in August. He and his fellow Troop members decorated several donation bins, which were strategically placed around White Plains.  He also distributed a flyer so residents could call a number and have Scouts pick up their toy donations, while 43 Eagle Scouts scoured their own homes to find toys for the cause.

“I was able to collect more than 200 toys,” notes Jeffrey.

 “The fact that after 13 years, Jeffrey chose Head Start for his Eagle Scout project is indicative of the positive experience he had when he enrolled in the program,” notes Barbara Sommer, Senior Program Director. “Because of the solid foundation Head Start had on his development, Jeffrey has become an outstanding citizen with a very bright future.”

FSW serves 194 pre-school children in its Head Start program and another 40 babies and toddlers in its Early Head Start initiative. The agency’s Prime Time program offers Speech, OT, PT, psychological and education services as well as special education evaluations to 350 pre-school children annually. This year, FSW collaborated with the White Plains City School District to offer a Universal Pre-K program that accommodates 72 children. “The need for our pre-school programs keeps growing, and luckily we have been able to meet the needs of the community and expand our offerings,” notes Sommer.

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