Scout Repairs Bus Shelters For Eagle Scout Project


Seventeen-year-old Mike Sprinkle, a Boy Scout with Troop 652 of the LDS Church in Pine, saw a need for bus shelters in the community and figured that repairing and building them would be a good Eagle Scout project.

On Saturday, Sprinkle and volunteers from the Rim Country Kiwanis Club, the LDS Church, his family and fellow Boy Scouts, got together at Sprinkle's house in Pine and cut the lumber for a bus shelter.

Other volunteers were working to repair bus shelters around Pine and Strawberry, a project that will be completed before school starts.

"I saw some of the bus shelters around town and noticed they were run-down," Sprinkle said. "I saw that more were needed and I thought it would be a good project."

He began the Eagle Scout project around the first of July, when he drew up some plans and got them approved by his school principal, Kathe Ketchem, and scouting officials. He then went around to local businesses to get materials donated.

"Pine Lumber and True Value Hardware in Pine helped out," he said. "And the Kiwanis Club donated -- they're the ones who originally put up the shelters. There are five around town and I'm building one more."

Bishop Realty and Coldwell Banker donated lumber. Hine Lumber donated paint and Foxworth gave Sprinkle a discount.

Some 20 people showed up Saturday to help with the project; they figured they'd complete the bus shelter by the end of the day. Sprinkle was well on his way to earning his Eagle Scout badge.

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