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Eagle Scout's project gives school's hallway a facelift

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By Rebecca DeSensi

Prior to attending registration for his junior year at South Oldham High School, Austin Woodbury spent time pulling painter’s tape off of the newly painted orange walls in Kenwood Station Elementary School’s foyer.Woodbury and a team of volunteers spent the evening before applying the paint with the help of two scaffoldings, donated by Jeremy Bosco of Robert Mattingly & Sons Construction and McKenzie Synthetics. While Woodbury removed the tape, a friend applied a fresh coat of glaze to a painting of a horse on a nearby library wall.The new artwork adorning the walls of Kenwood Station is the end result of Woodbury’s Eagle Scout project. He spent a month at Kenwood with a team of volunteers making his designs come to life. Though art is just a hobby for Woodbury, he knew he wanted to use his talents in design as a way to enhance his Eagle Scout project.“I’ve always been good at art and creating designs. I thought it would be a good idea to use art in my project,” Woodbury said.He said he first wanted to do art work at hospitals, but found it was too dificult to get into a hospital because of their restrictions.“My mom came to Kenwood and found out that Mr. Moore wanted murals so I approached him with the concept,” Woodbury said.Phillip Moore joked that his run-in with Woodbury must have been divine intervention.“People joke that we are the white-wall school, because we haven’t done many art projects in our building since we moved in,” Moore said. “I said it is time to start thinking about murals, and that’s about the time Austin approached me.”Woodbury had the bulk of the materials needed for the project donated from Porter Paint, Stoess Hardware, Kroger and Wal-Mart. All the labor was done on a volunteer basis. The project was a great way for Kenwood to help out a fellow Oldham County student on a project, and have a cost-effective art project.“It is turning out really great,” said Woodbury about the progress of the project. “I put a lot of thinking into it and at first I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. There were some challenges along the way, but that’s what the Eagle Scout project is all about, learning to deal with change and learning about leadership.”Woodbury’s murals include aquatic scenes in the restroom areas, and in the library a dragon, baseball player, a spaceship, a cow jumping over the moon and a horse. His project also included painting the foyer walls and hanging vinyl lettering that reads, “Enter these hallways to learn, explore & excel.” Woodbury said he is most excited about the aquatic scenes; he hopes to one day study marine biology. More than 40 volunteers put in more than 440 hours to complete the project at Kenwood.The Eagle Scout project is just one of three criteria needed for Woodbury to achieve Eagle Scout status. He has already earned 21 merit badges and after completing this project will arrange a board of review meeting. He said the board will determine if the project was implemented well, if he completed the minimum amount of hours and if it helped people in the community.“I hope they inspire people to read,” he said of the designs in the library which depict the images coming out of book pages. “I will be happy to come back and see them for years and years to come. It is really awesome to know that my Eagle project can go on that long and affect hundreds of children for years to come.”