HARRELLS — The new sign for the town of Harrells is about to become reality. Max Prestage is working on raising the necessary money to pay for the sign as required by the Boy Scouts. Prestage is undertaking the endeavor as part of the Eagle Scout project.
The teen has met with N.C. Marble and Granite and has made requested changes to the sign. The sign should take four to six weeks to be completed by Quincy Edgerton.
The sign is the brainchild of Prestage in completion of his Eagle Scout project to meet the requirements to receive that award. Prestage has been through several hurdles in the process to acquire permission to place the sign in Harrells. He has received clearance from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the approval of the Harrells Board of Aldermen to proceed with the project.
Approval from the Board of Aldermen was a prerequisite of the land owners before they would grant their approval for the sign to be placed on their property.
Prestage is planning a fundraising on Friday, May 11, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Franklin Alumni Association Board in support of Prestage has granted him permission to use the Old Academy for his fundraising Fun Day/Bake Sale.
“We are pre-ordering cakes and will have drinks and after school snacks. An inflatable slide will be on the grounds for the kids, $5 for unlimited slides,” shared Prestage. “I am hopeful to have the support of my Harrells Christian Academy family and the Harrells community. I want them all to come out and buy a cake and a drink to help me fund my Eagle Scout service project.
The sign is estimated to cost around $4,600 and Prestage will need the support of the community to raise the funds necessary for his project. The teen wanted the sign to be a permanent structure so it is being made out of grey marble.
Prestage’s proposed sign sparked controversy in the beginning due because of wording stating that Harrells was the home of Harrells Christian Academy. However, when the Harrells aldermen met to decide, the matter there was no one present to argue against the sign’s placement nor its wording, and it was approved. The town did request that the date of the town’s incorporation be added to the sign. A plaque bearing Prestage’s name and that the sign was erected as part of his Eagle Scout project will also be included in the final product.
If anyone would like to make a donation to support the sign, you may do so at the fundraising on May 11 or send a check to Max Prestage, 4581 Union School Road, Clinton. Any amount would be appreciated, he said.
Please note on your check: Eagle Scout donation.