Eagle Isaiah swoops for school

US scout, Isaiah Roehm, has made a small feature garden for Admirals Junior School as part of gaining his Eagle Scout status. Thetford mayor, Derek Mortimer, will be on hand to open the garden.''Pictured: US Scout Isaiah Roehm, Mayor Derek Mortimer, head teacher and members of the US Scouts and USAF
US scout, Isaiah Roehm, has made a small feature garden for Admirals Junior School as part of gaining his Eagle Scout status. Thetford mayor, Derek Mortimer, will be on hand to open the garden.''Pictured: US Scout Isaiah Roehm, Mayor Derek Mortimer, head teacher and members of the US Scouts and USAF

SCOUT spirit was in action last week as a school’s garden was spruced by an eager volunteer.

US Scout Isaiah Roehm, 15, turned a disused patch of land at Raleigh Infant School in Thetford into a feature garden to gain his Eagle Scout status.

The prestigious status is only given to Scouts who have at least 21 merit badges. Notable examples include director Steven Spielberg, President Gerald Ford and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Isaiah carried out the work last Sunday and on Tuesday the garden was handed over to the school, with Mayor of Thetford Derek Mortimer on hand.

Isaiah, who lives at RAF Lakenheath but has lived in Thetford, said he was connected to the school through a friend.

“I picked the school because my friend used to go there.

“It’s also a school that both American and English children go to,” he said.

Julieanne Purvis, deputy head teacher at Raleigh, said good use would be made of the new area.

“The school is very grateful for what Isaiah has done and the children are looking forward to using it,” she said.