Friday, July 6, 2012
Joshua Carlton, a 14-year-old Boy Scout of Troop 360, won the youth service award from the Knights of Columbus for a project that has become very dear to St. Cyprian Church.
For his Eagle Scout project Joshua came up with the idea to refurbish a room at St. Cyprian Church for the children.
He coordinated adults and youth to bring the vision to a reality.
Carlton is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Georgetown, and a student at Waccamaw High School.
On a recent Saturday afternoon at St. Cyprian Church a special service was held to dedicate the children’s room and to honor Joshua.
Colin Peterson, the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus said Joshua called him one evening and asked for his help in spear-heading a project to raise funds for the children’s room.
He said Joshua was anxious to get started and decided that they would have a chicken pilau dinner as a fundraiser.
They raised $2,600.
“This led me to believe if you put your mind to it you can do it,” said Peterson.
With the help of the Knights of Columbus, family members, local donors, and several organizations Joshua raised enough money to renovate the room.
The boys from AMI Kids-Georgetown also helped with the project.
“It was a little challenging but once I got everyone together it became a little easier,” Carlton said the day of the dedication ceremony.
“We started in the Fall of 2011 and we completed it today with some finishing touches.”
Boy Scouts from Troop 360 (sponsored by St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church), the boys from the Marine Institute, members of St. Mary’s Church and St. Cyprian Church, family members and several elected officials attended the dedication.
Annette Perreault of Habitat For Humanity, Georgetown County Councilman Ron Charlton, Otto Freier of the Boys Scouts, Eric Garcia of Soldiers of Christ, Father Ron Farrell of St. Mary’s Church, and Charlie Ball, director of Friendship Place, spoke and thanked Joshua for a job well done.
Colin Peterson praised Joshua for doing an excellent job in coordinating the project.
He spoke of Joshua learning lessons on how to save money by refurbishing chairs and how he persevered and stayed with the project.
Otto Freier also spoke on behalf of the Boy Scouts and spoke of Joshua being dependable and following through completing his task. He will receive an award for the Eagle Scout project.
At the conclusion of the program Joshua’s mother unveiled the children’s room and the guests were invited to tour the room.
The room was filled with colorful furnishings, a crib, hand paintings of Noah’s Ark and a rainbow.
A reception followed.
Carlton is the son of Tony and Cecilia Carlton.
He’s the brother of 12-year-old Briana Carlton and 8-year-old Michael Carlton.
The family resides in Pawleys Island.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times