Christopher Sommella, an East Meadow Boy Scout, recently built five bat houses in as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Sommella received the help and support of Councilman Gary Hudes and the staff from the Department of Parks and Recreation.
“It was a great experience working with Councilman Gary Hudes and the Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation,” Sommella said. “It gave me great insight into how beneficial projects can get done with the community and the town officials working together.”
“It is a pleasure to work with impressive young adults like Christopher who aspire to help their communities,” Hudes said. “This Eagle project will benefit the environment and the community.”
Bats, often depicted as fearsome creatures, eradicate mosquitoes, reduce the risk of West Nile Virus and provide important insect control. Sommella said that he wanted to build safe havens to help them perform their jobs.
“Christopher is a fine example of a community leader for today and the future,” Hudes said. “I am proud to honor Eagle Scouts every year for their amazing achievements in our communities."