Eagle Scout project puts new coat of paint inside Oak Grove school

Two Oak Grove teenagers have spearheaded an intensive effort to fix-up one of the district's older schools.  8th grader Gunnar Thorderson and 9th grader Joseph Gwin, who are both Boy Scouts, came up with the idea of painting some of the interior of the old Oak Grove Upper Elementary School, which will soon become part of the larger Oak Grove Middle School.

It's an Eagle Scout project which attracted the help of 40 friends and family members.

"We get the volunteers to come help us and we lead and we show leadership in our project," said 13-year-old Gunnar.

"I just got out of the middle school and I'm going to the high school next year, so I'm happy that I get to leave something behind and it's just really cool," said Joseph.

"Our two Eagle Scouts secured all the volunteers," said Ben Burnett, principal of Oak Grove Middle School.  "They did a great job of lining up the volunteers and our P.T.O. organization provided the money for our paint, so it hasn't cost the school anything," Burnett said.

The project should be finished on Saturday.