With another school year coming to a close, student Stephen Carroll is working towards building a storage facility during the summer. The junior and musician hopes to have it ready for the upcoming band season at Midway High School.
Recently, the Sampson County Board of Education approved a design plan from Jenkins Consulting Engineers for the project, titled Project Eagle Song, next to Ollen D. Road and Spivey’s Corner Highway. After completion, Carroll will earn the highest honor in the Boy Scouts organization — Eagle Scout.
“It’s a very big honor,” Carroll said. “I’m just glad that I’m able to possibly lead others when I get my Eagle Scout.”
But before that accomplishment, he has to finish is commitment which began a couple of years ago.
“We’re almost there,” he said while standing on the foundation, outlined by wooden markers. “That’s where we dig up the dirt and put the concrete. This is where the building is going to be.”
Carroll is about 80 percent finished and construction is expected to begin in late June or early July. The original price tag for the project was $45,000, but through research and negotiations, the cost is now $25,000.
To raise money for the project, the young man initiated several fundraisers, such a gospel music event and a barbecue plate sale. Although he doesn’t have plans to hold another fundraiser, he is currently accepting donations through organizations and other donors.
“The band will be able to start off with something new,” he said of the storage facility. “I’m glad to be done with the Eagle Project, but also I’m ready to see the outcome of what the building would do.”
When completed, it will house items such as trailers, props for competitions and cooking equipment.
The plan includes a 34-by-34-foot facility made of steel and tin, a two-door opening, electricity and insulation. It will be located behind Midway High School, next to two greenhouses.
After the tuba player graduates from Midway High School, the musician is looking forward to other musicians benefiting from the building. Currently, he participates in the organization by playing the tuba.
“The best thing about music is that it’s very unique,” he said. “When you play an instrument, it’s more than just playing notes on a sheet of paper. It’s you and another type of art you can express yourself in.”
For donation opportunities for the project, contact Carroll at 910-818-3911 or by email at [email protected]
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