by Lisa Tome
When it comes to his Eagle Scout project, Troop 92 scout Curtis Cox is going the extra mile.
"It turned into a way bigger job than it was going to be," said Cox.
When it started, Cox planned to replace the unsafe and rotting boards on the bleachers behind Rising Sun Middle School. An inspector from the school system came out, and indicated which boards had to be replaced.
`It grew substantially. Now we're replacing all the boards and painting the foot boards black and the seat boards orange," said Cox.
The bleachers are at least 30 years old. Cox said enough donations came in and help is available, so he decided a complete refurbishment should happen. Cox did some of the work cutting boards at home. At least three on site work days are underway. He has gotten help from his fellow troop members and their families, the Rising Sun High National Honor Society, and parents of the Rising Sun junior football league.
"It was very deteriorated so we have to do it all. People wanted to help out, so it doesn't hurt to get it all done at once. Everyone has been cooperating very well," he said. "But it became overwhelming when I realized the whole thing needs to be done."
Cox said donations came from the Conowingo Lions Club, Mt. Pleasant Church, Tri M Electric, Rising Sun Junior Football, and Cameron's Hardware. Oxford Feed and Lumber provided a discount on all the wood.
But Cox, son of William Cox and Marsha Welch, feels pressure to get the work done. He is an honor student and member of Rising Sun High School's National Honor Society. He also plays three sports - football, basketball, and track. "This (early in the school year) is the only time I have to do it. And I want to get it done so they (junior football) can use them," added Cox.