Student Honored for Fixing Town Fountain
Hiram High's Brent Crawford went from Boy Scout to Eagle Scout by completing the project.
A dedication was held in the Powder Springs town square Wednesday evening to recognize Hiram High student Brent Crawford for remodeling the square’s fountain.
Crawford, 16, completed the project in early July with some help from family and friends for his Eagle Scout project. The fountain previously hadn’t worked for at least 10 years.
“For as long as I’ve been down here—and that’s been about 14 years—I’ve never seen this fountain working,” Crawford told Patch at the ceremony. “And it just hit me that there’s a lot of kids who have never had the opportunity to throw a coin into the fountain as a little child.”
Kelly Mendenhall, troop leader of the Boy Scout troop that’s based in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, noted how Crawford went above and beyond to go from Boy Scout to Eagle Scout.
“It was definitely something that was more of a challenge,” he said. “It wasn’t an easy project. … From a building-it standpoint and putting everything together, it’s definitely one of the most complex (projects) that I’ve ever seen.”
Mayor Pat Vaughn said the city had been looking into redoing the fountain for a while.
“So we started researching, all adults mind you—engineers, everyone,” she said. “Well they said this fountain’s going to take around $10,000 to repair. So we knew we would not have the money. … But along came the Boy Scout, Brent Crawford.”
Before the crowd of roughly 25 gathered around the fountain, she continued: “Without hesitating one second, he took on the challenge, and as you can see, this beautiful, beautiful fountain is working.”
Crawford did months worth of fundraising, planning, and supply gathering before starting construction in early June. In about a month, the new one was in place and is now cranking out water for all to enjoy in downtown Powder Springs.
A plaque on the fountain honoring Crawford was unveiled on Wednesday, and the 16-year-old was invited by Vaughn to be the grand marshal of Powder Springs Day on Oct. 8.