FAIRMONT - While most sophomores in high school are aiming at getting their driver's licenses, Mitch Anderton is working his way to the high honor of Eagle Scout.
As part of that, the Fairmont High School student recently donated his Eagle Scout project: 26 field desks, which were sent to a children's forestry program in Brownsdale.
"It gives kids a place to write, hold things for their school forestry program," Anderton said of the field desks, which are much like a clipboard with storage space.
Mitch Anderton holds one of the 26 field boxes he assembled before they were to be delivered to an elementary forestry program in Brownsdale last week.
Anderton's older brother, who also made Eagle Scout, got the idea for the project through the Department of Natural Resources.
"I had been looking at a fish block - a grate to help keep carp out of the culverts - but I like to build stuff and [the field desks] fell into that category," Anderton said.
In his pursuit of earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Anderton still needs to earn a few more merit badges. Which ones remain a debate even in his family.
"I already finished that one," Anderton said a few times after his parents, Tim and Amy Anderton, listed merit badges they thought he needed.
Boy Scouts are an organization the family knows well.
"It's special because his great-grandfather was an Eagle Scout, and he's 98," Tim Anderton said. "So this project means a lot."
The field desk project was not a solo effort. BoKett Lumber of Truman, Ace Hardware and Walmart donated materials for the task, and Hartskes Custom Cabinetry of Fairmont cut of the backs for the field desks. Family members, friends and other scouts also volunteered their time and effort to help assemble the boxes.
"The goal is to show leadership and organizing to get things done," Anderton said. "The project also needs to benefit a non-profit organization, and you cannot receive a personal benefit from it."
The final touch were tags in the boxes that show it was part of an Eagle Scout project from Fairmont Boy Scout Troop #57.
Anderton admits one of the boxes did stay behind.
"I like the outdoors, and would like to be in a forestry program someday," he said.