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July 15, 2014

Bruce Bonfili spruces up parks for Eagle Scout rank

GRANT TOWN —  A young man returned to his family’s home town to lead in cleaning up the town parks.

Bruce Bonfili, of Morgantown, has spent many afternoons painting and cleaning up playground equipment in Grant Town. The project will conclude later this week when Bonfili delivers a bag of sand to Grant Town to finish the last step of his community service project to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scouts must be a leader for a community service project that they plan, find donations and funding and complete as a leader.

Bonfili had to first find a community in order to plan the project.

“(We) weren’t getting phone calls back from other organizations I contacted, (then) my mom heard through the Scout office about Grant Town,” Bonfili said. “It meant so much to my mom because she grew up there. It was kinda of like I had to do this.”

Bonfili’s mother has roots in Grant Town, which helped him decide to hold the project in the town.

As a soon to-be-high school senior, Bonfili was busy with an assortment of activities this summer including football practices, church activities and other obligations. He was able to make it to Grant Town on weekday evenings. Friends, family and fellow Scouts assisted Bonfili.

After 243 work hours, the project has been completed.

“We painted the playground equipment, sealed the basketball court with concrete sealant, we painted some benches and a picnic table, (and) the main street park horseshoe pits we did over,” Bonfili he said. “We put sand in, but I didn’t have enough.”

“I was just trying to (earn) some community service and it was a requirement to become an Eagle Scout,” Bonfili said.

According to Grant Town Mayor Brad Shahan, the town council was planning on repainting the parks themselves this year until Bonfili contacted them.

“This kid went above and beyond in my opinion,” Shahan said. The parks Bonfili worked on were Red Summers Park, Brand Street Park, Frazier Street Park and Main Street Park.

Bonfili is currently at the rank of “Life,” which is the rank before Eagle Scout.

“Early next week, I’m going to donate any remaining equipment I have left and put in the rest of the sand,” Bonfili said.

In a few meetings, Bonfili will know whether or not he will attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

According to Bonfili, the community service project allows Boy Scouts to learn how to be leaders as adults.

“It showed me that I know how to take the leading role,” Bonfili said. “I plan on helping with whatever opportunities come up that I’m able to make.”

Email Richard Babich rbabich@timeswvcom or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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