Over the last year Joint Council has had the honor of working with an amazing young Russian adoptee, Alex Griffith. Alex was adopted from Russia at 11 months of age. At 15 he is a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and last year started working toward earning the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest honor. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout requires completing an Eagle Project, a service project helpful to any religious institution, school or community For his project Alex decided to provide service to his birth home in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. He decided to build a playground for the hospital he lived in for a period of time before he was adopted. Alex worked tirelessly to raise money, encourage others to give of themselves, and build the playground. Last September Alex was highlighted by Joint Council as a Successful Russian Adoptee. In July Alex, his father, and fellow Scouts traveled to Russia to complete the project. Alex’s story has so far been covered by 43 news stations throughout the world. And over the next few days Alex will be honored by CNN as a CNN Hero. I encourage you all watch tonight as Alex is interviewed on Larry King Live. The detailed schedule of when Alex’s story will be viewable is below. You can also learn more about his project on his blog at http://www.krasplayground.org/?m=200909.
On a personal note, I have had the joy of watching Alex’s project grow and thrive over the last year. I can’t help but think that Alex is a perfect example of how we must all use our own talents, in our own ways, to Be The Answer for every child. As well as being a CNN Hero, Alex is mine.
AIR SCHEDULE: CNN HEROES ALEX GRIFFITH
CNN: 9-10p Larry King Live Interview w/ Alex Griffith (The piece will NOT be aired, only his interview.)
CNN: 8a, 11a, 2p
HLN: 7:30a, 1:30p, 5p, 8p
CNNI: 2a, 7a, 12p, 8p;
CNN: 10a, 2p, 5p, 11p
CNN en Español: Premiere in Panorama Mundial 9pm