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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Andrew Smith, a North Augusta resident and Augusta Prep 10th grader, has been lending a helping hand at the Living History Park in an effort to aid the community and earn his Eagle Scout badge.
Andrew, the son of John and Suzanne Smith, is helping park chair Lynn Thompson create a 147-foot walkway, designed to help visitors at the site.
"I asked Ms. Thompson if she needed anything done at the park, and she showed me this walkway that needed to be done, and I said I'd get it done," Smith said. "It turned into more of a project than I thought it would, but nothing we really couldn't handle."
He has already put in several workdays at the site and plans to continue to work with other members of his scout troop, community volunteers, and the City of North Augusta to complete the project.
"We've had almost 60 tons of stone donated and 600 main block and 250 capstones. Everyone has been very generous in donating.
"Thompson described Andrew's project as being one of the park's long time "wishes," and one that would last for generations.
"He asked me what would help and I threw out three or four things we needed and this one, he said it would be here forever," Thompson said. "He figured it all out. He got help from all kinds of individuals. He's done all the contacting and raised all the money on his own."