By the LI Herald’s Mike Smollins:
Dean Cooper did not have a normal journey to the Boy Scouts. He began with the Scouts at age 14, a few years later than most members get their start. Nevertheless, he is well on his way to achieving his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout.
Now 16, Dean recently undertook his Eagle Scout project and collected pet food for Pets Of The Homeless, a national organization focused on feeding and providing veterinary care to pets of homeless people. Representing Troop 332 out of East Rockaway, the Bay Park resident collected over 500 pounds of pet food on Feb. 25 and 26.
“I learned that animals are an extremely important aspect of a person’s life,” said Dean, a junior at Kellenberg Memorial High School, when reflecting on his project. “Some of the people on the street only wake up and do something everyday for the sake of their best friend.”