Kingwood Eagle Scout honored
Thornburg, a Kingwood Park High School junior, took his Eagle Scout project where the need was the greatest. He and numerous volunteers erected a fence at Woodland Hills Elementary that protects children from the woods and nearby busy street next to their school playground. The school is at 2222 Tree Lane in Kingwood.
The project is valued at close to $2,000 for materials and included over 400 service hours. The 280 foot fence is a barrier from Woodland Hills Drive.
Because of his efforts, Thornburg, a member of Troop 1377, was selected for the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award from the Eagle Class of 2010. The award recognizes a project of exceptional nature by a Scout.
A welcome addition
Pat Buttermore, Woodland Hills Elementary principal, said different groups have been working on the fence. Thornburg's addition was most welcome, she said.
"The parents feel so much safer with the kids so close to the street," Buttermore said. "John Russell is a go-getter and very independent. This is such an important project because of the safety issue. We love it."
Thornburg's dedication to Scouting has impacted his attitude toward serving others said Scoutmaster Dr. Stephen Kelly, a Kingwood resident.
"He organized this project to the smallest detail and did a very good job," Kelly said. "It was needed. Once he gets an idea of what he wants to do, he's very determined. He's quite a knowledgeable guy. It all went very well."
Thornburg, the son of Gregory and Sherry Thornburg, first joined Scouting in the second grade.
The possibility of building a fence for his Eagle Scout project seemed to be a natural choice for Thornburg, who had previously built fences with his uncle over the summer.
He was most excited about the volunteers who took the time to help him.
"We had close to 60 volunteers the first day and over 40 on the second day," Thornburg said. "My job was to supervise and direct. I couldn't help myself though. I helped build some and grabbed some concrete posts. I didn't expect so many people to come out. We did everything with donations except for $200. I was shocked so many people came to help."
The fence construction was held in August 2010. Receiving the award for his efforts was a surprise, he said.
"People have done some extravagant and awesome projects," said Thornburg, who has already been declared an Eagle Scout. "This is huge. This was something in my power I could complete. I still can't believe I'm being honored. This project was both challenging and rewarding."
Thornburg, who is preparing for college, said his years in Scouting have been a memorable experience.
"They have given me nothing but good times growing up around it," he said. "I love it."
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