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7:30AM: Dr. J. Anderson is principal of Campbell Elementary School in Springfield where staff members say he leads with enthusiasm, kindness and a sense of humor. This segment also profiles Jerry Young, president of the Board of Directors for the Springfield Association for the Blind. He has spent countless hours serving the blind community in Springfield. 4:30PM: Robert Asperger is a lawyer who has dedicated his time and energy into developing a strong cub scout pack at Eugene Field Elementary School in Springfield.
Robert Asperger has been practicing law since 1994. He represents parents in criminal and divorce cases. He also works as a guardian ad litem for children in cases of suspected abuse and neglect.
Asperger says these children come from difficult circumstances.
As worthy as his work is on behalf of abused children, it was his volunteer work with another group of children that prompted a KSMU listener to nominate him for our Unsung Heroes series. Robert Asperger leads a group of 45 Cub Scouts, Pack 214 at Eugene Field Elementary School in Springfield. He says when his son got involved with Scouts, he never imagined he'd be leading the group.
Asperger says as Cub Master, he's responsible for organizing many scout activities.
The money the scouts raise through the popcorn sale goes to scout scholarships for children who wouldn't otherwise be able to participate. Those funds also go into service projects, like providing food baskets at Thanksgiving. It's not just Asperger's work with his pack that's earned him the appreciation of other parents. He invited boys from another pack in town to join his pack when they didn't have any leaders.
Asperger says it's important for families to make time for activities they can do together.
Asperger says he hopes the cub scouts learn about the enjoyment that comes from community service.
Robert Asperger, one of the Unsung Heroes we're profiling as part of our Sense of Community series.