Preston Vaughan, a 16-year-old junior from Hillcrest Christian School, set a goal for his Eagle Scout project, then exceeded it by 300 percent - with the help of students from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing.
When he first presented his idea for an Eagle Scout project, Vaughan planned to deliver 16 wooden “lily pads” to Batson Children's Hospital for patients who had to pull an I.V. pole with them wherever they went.
Lily pads are wooden discs that sit on the base of an I.V. pole and allow children who don't feel up to walking on their own to use the pole as a mode of transportation. Although it's not clear who first came up with the idea, it was made popular by a young man from Washington named Nick Konkler, who died in February 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Since his “Lily Pad Project” hit the news, making and distributing the brightly hand-painted boards has become a favorite scouting project across the nation.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is one of the highest accomplishments a young man can achieve. Vaughan has been working toward that goal since he was 6. He and his father started the scouting adventure together.
“I told my wife that I would really like to get him involved in scouting," said Preston Vaughan's father, Michael, an instructional technologist in the School of Nursing. "As soon as I got that out of my mouth, he came home with a flyer in his backpack inviting us to a scouting event at his school.
Preston Vaughan is now with Troop 88 out of Clinton.