Cole helps to improve life at MW Elementary

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Bullitt East sophomore Travis Cole has always enjoyed doing hands-on projects ever since he joined the Boy Scouts at the age of six. 

So it was a great fit for him when he got the chance to build a desk, bookshelf and repaint the conference room and principal’s office at Mount Washington Elementary School last spring.

Cole, of member of Troop 100, said he sent donation letters out to family, friends and local businesses to help gather the materials needed. He raised about $300.

“I wanted to make it better and nicer,” he said.

Cole has a special connection to the school having attended there for three years.

He said the idea for the project was suggested to him by one of his scout masters.

In addition to repainting the room and Terri Lewis’ office a blue color, he also constructed a bookshelf to sit in an old unused doorway and a longer desk so Lewis could have more room to take notes during parent-teacher conferences.

Lewis was happy about the new addition.

She said the school’s on the district’s list for remodeling.

“We’ve needed some updating,” she said. “Travis’ work really opened up the room and made into a suite. It is more uniform and flows better. Now we have a nice area we can take our guests to.”

Cole,16, said the project took him a couple of days to complete and he had about 20 people that helped him.

The Mount Washington resident said he thinks his skills from the Scouts, especially the outdoors ones, will really help him when he joins the Marine Corp to become a sniper after graduation.

“It has helped me become a better leader,” he said.

Cole said he thinks it’s important for people to volunteer in their community because it helps it stay maintained and gives people hope.

And that’s why he continues to participate in the Scouting for Food effort every year even though he is no longer required to as an Eagle Scout.

“It feels good when you get to help somebody else,”  Cole said.