“If we get the whole community on this bandwagon, then it would truly be a community project,” Smith said. “I know there are a lot of people who have attended Alcott, or West Junior High, as it used to be called, or that their children attended the school that would like to help make a statue of the mascot for the first time.”
Bridget Smith said she and her husband are proud of the maturity their son has shown throughout the project.
“Because of Scouts, Samuel has learned to give back to the community,” she said.
“He loves his school. He wanted to give something back to Alcott, and the wildcat statue allowed him that opportunity.”
A clay sculpture of the wildcat has been on display at the school. Once funding has been established, the sculpture will be sent to JSC Manufacturing Inc. in Wilson to be bronzed.
Bridget Smith said the owners of the foundry were impressed when they found out a student was doing the project.
“When the owners of the foundry learned the project was being done by a young man for his Eagle project, they were amazed and commented that the level of organization necessary to complete the project on time and under budget is a sizable task for an adult,” she said. “We are all so proud of Samuel.”
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HOW TO HELP
Donations can be sent to Samuel Smith, 4304 Upper Lake Drive, Norman, OK 73072. Checks should be made out to BSA Troop 20, c/o Samuel Smith Eagle Project.