Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Grant Smith has added a life skill to his repertoire: Woodworking.
That has allowed him to complete his Eagle Scout project, replacing the wooden planters along the Marsh Walk and adding the plant holders to the Jetty View Walk.
Smith officially unveiled his work Monday, and not a moment too soon.
As soon as the planter was delivered to the Marsh Walk, Jan Foran got to work, filling the wooden holder with flowers and vines.
Foran and the other people who tend the plantings were on hand for the delivery.
Grant chose the project because it allowed him to enjoy one of his favorite places, the Marsh Walk as well as providing an opportunity to be outdoors during the summer.
He approached Sue Sledz, the Murrells Inlet 2020 executive director, last summer with a number of ideas to spruce up the Marsh Walk and the two agreed that the planters were the way to go.
“Sue Sledz got a little strip of me when I got behind,” Grant joked as one by one he revealed the planters, each bearing a plaque honoring a Marsh Walk restaurant or individuals and businesses that helped him complete the project.
Officials were on hand from MI 2020, Georgetown County, as well as Grant’s parents and girlfriend. But the guest of honor was grant himself and Jim Graham, who taught him woodworking, a new skill for the Waccamaw High School student.
“I was really pleased with his ability to take in knowledge,” Graham said of his student.
“I had a great time working with him.”
Learning a skill was just one of the small hurdles Grant had to face.
He also had to raise funds for the project, organize the work, put together his budget and then put it all together.
He and his crew delivered the planters, putting them next to the existing wooden boxes that were starting to look a little peaked.
“It took a bit longer to fundraise, to get donations of materials, and then to put the planters together,” Grant said. His next step is to go before a Scout board, but he said he expects the organization will approve his Eagle Scout award.
In a way, he’s following a family tradition. Grant’s older brother, Greg, and his father, Dennis, both earned Scouting’s highest honor.
Greg planted trees in the Grand Strand for his project.
Grant is no stranger to the Inlet. He annually competes in the Race for the Inlet, and this year he won his age group and finished second overall. He’s a cross country runner at Waccamaw High School and runs the middle distance in track.