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Eagle Scout honored for replacing welcome sign in Metropolis, IL

David Weeks and fellow volunteers constructing new sign (Source: David Weeks) David Weeks and fellow volunteers constructing new sign (Source: David Weeks)
Completed sign (Source: David Weeks) Completed sign (Source: David Weeks)
METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) -

A young man on his way to college received high honors over the past weekend for organizing the replacement of a welcome sign in his hometown of Metropolis, Illinois.

David Weeks officially earned the rank Eagle Scout.

To celebrate he used $500 of his own money, a few thousand dollars in donations, and city-provided funds to replace the aging welcome sign on the west side of the city.

“As we were driving home one day we saw the old one and just said 'wow',” Weeks said. “It was all rusted over, leaning to one side, and it just looked awful.”

In addition to gathering volunteers and planning the construction, Weeks also laid the concrete foundation and hand welded the joints holding the sign together.

“If you see something you think needs to be done, go for it," he said. "There’s no telling how long it’s going to be before someone else comes along.”

Becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest rank possible in the Boy Scouts of America, and to get there each scout must complete a project that improves their community.

Weeks plans to move in to his dorm at SIU on Wednesday August 17.

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