Marshall Parks and Recreation Board approves Eagle Scout project

Friday, December 13, 2013
Isaiah Guthrey presents his proposed Eagle Scout project to the Marshall Parks and Recreation board Dec. 4. (Rachel Knight/Democrat-News)

The Marshall Parks and Recreation Board unanimously approved, at its monthly meeting Dec. 4 to allow Isaiah Guthrey to make improvements around the Sister of Liberty statue as part of his Eagle Scout project.

"My proposed project is going to be the Eagle Scout Walk of Enlightenment," said Guthrey of Boy Scout Troop 42.

The Walk of Enlightenment will border the existing 21.5-by-5-foot walk on the east side of the Statue of Liberty at the north entrance.

"Each side will have 16-by-16 pavers with the emblems of the seven scout ranks on the left side with five blank pavers dividing each rank and then the 12 laws on the right side," Guthrey said.

The rest of the project will consist of 4-by-8 bricks surrounding the statue with names of Eagle Scouts from Marshall and the surrounding area engraved in them.

Preliminary figures show the bricks will cost $17 a brick and the pavers will cost $140 a piece. The project is estimated at around $6,760. Fundraising will be through the engraved gift bricks and through other community fundraisers, according to Guthrey.

These estimates are based off using Gift Bricks out of Wisconsin.

He recently found out about M & R Monument Company, a brick company in Sedalia, that does the engraving and wanted to research the project more in depth.

"It would be nice to support a more local company in this project," Guthrey said.

The projected start date is April 27 and other scouts will be helping him complete the project.

"I think it's a great idea," said Nancy Kleinschmidt, board member. "I love it around our Sister that Boy Scouts gave."

The Sister of Liberty was originally given as a gift to the park by Marshall Boy Scouts on July 4, 1951.

The bricks will be offered to any Eagle Scout, no matter where they reside, that would like to purchase one or a family member that would like to purchase one in honor of their loved one who made the accomplishment of Eagle Scout.

The bricks will only have the person's name, troop they earned their Eagle Scout from and the month and year they received it.

For example, "Kile Guthrey, Troop 41, May 1962."

"I've spoke with people over at the courthouse to find out a little more about the veteran's bricks that they sell," said Sarah Guthrey, Isaiah's mother. "They sell theirs for $50 a brick. We weren't expecting to charge that much per brick for the Eagle Scout's bricks, but we are hoping to charge however much its going to cost to do the project and sell as many bricks as we can to offset that expense. We aren't making anything. We just want to pay for the project itself."

Fundraising will be the key to this project.

"Probably what we are going to do first is see how many interests we have in the bricks and then go forward on how much we need to fundraise after that," said Brad Guthrey, Isaiah's father.

Isaiah told the board he has estimated around 200 bricks around the circumference of the statue.

"Initially, we are going to start with two rings of bricks," said Brad Guthrey. "It depends on how many Eagle Scouts will contribute."

They plan to use blanks to complete the two rings starting out.

"And as the project grows, will go to a third," said Brad Guthrey. "Expansion is possible."

The board unanimously thought it was a good idea and granted him permission to proceed with his project.

Contact Rachel Knight at rknight@marshallnews.com

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