Eagle Scout project restores Nashua school’s fence

NASHUA – The fondness of an alumnus for Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School caused him to see that it needed help maintaining its cachet.

The toll of weather and time on the ornamental iron fence in front of the were first in mind when Spencer Richardson, of Nashua, asked how he could help the school.

"The fence had not had restoration in 17 years, and repairs would contribute to the school’s image," said Richardson, 18, who is finishing his senior year at Nashua High School North.

To achieve the rank of Eagle, Richard­son, of Troop 19, was required to com­plete an approved service project and demonstrate skills learned in Boy Scouts.

The front fence is 6 feet high by 120 feet long and was estimated to have 1,415 square feet of surface area. Every square inch had heavy peeled paint, botanical growth and penetrated rust. Automobile impacts over several decades had contorted several of the fence’s iron bars like spaghetti. Straightening and refinishing the fence with black, glossy paint would present a distinguished and dignified look to the school for decades to come.

The planning phase estimated the cost to be $901 in materials and supplies. Richardson organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the troop’s charter host Pilgrim Congregational Church. With the many Scouts, Scout leaders and friends volunteering to help, fundraising generated $947.

Upon project completion, 289 volunteer labor hours had accumulated. A confederation of troop Scouts, friends and adult leaders volunteered. Scouts learned the technique to bend iron bars back into shape, the labor of metal refinishing and the satisfaction of volunteering for worthy causes. The skills that Richardson exercised during the project were customer liaison, planning, fundraising, work definition, supply procurement, worker direction and customer project review. The project was mindful of the most important consideration, safety.

Panera Bread contributed baked prod­ucts toward the fundraising dinner and Nashua Wallpaper donated by offering a reduced price on premium paint.

Through the considerations from local businesses, Richardson steered the project to a total cost of $760, under the budgeted estimate. The reduced project cost enabled Richardson to donate the remaining money to the school.

"The most difficult thing about being a leader is keeping track of where my helpers were at all times; however, the most rewarding part was watching my project take shape," Richardson said.

The Court of Honor celebrating Rich­ardson’s achievement of Eagle rank will take place at 4 p.m.