Drew Tronc, a Boy Scout from Troop 2810 chartered out of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, recently completed his Eagle project benefiting Tails Humane Society in DeKalb. He landscaped the front of the building and created a painted mural inside the adoption center.
Inspired by his love of animals, Tronc consulted with Alison Taylor, volunteer coordinator at Tails, and came up with the two-pronged project. First Tronc removed the hard-packed dirt and dead plants from the front of the building and then planted new plants and added new stones and mulch. Next to the walkway he placed bricks, which helps prevent dirt run-off after a rain, which previously had been getting on the animals and people as they were walking in and out.
Lowe’s Home Improvement provided a discount on the outdoor supplies, making this project more affordable. Assisting him were 25 scouts, friends and family on this stage of the enterprise.
After the outdoor project was finished, Tronc turned his attention inside as he began to paint a mural based on an idea his grandfather gave him. He created an art-deco inspired dog painting to liven up the canine area. He worked with artist Jenny Stauffer who offered assistance on the intricacies of the dog face.
As he worked on the painting, other scouts and art students assisted him on the various stages. This vibrant and bold painting is now a favored spot for families to take their adoption pictures with their new pets, and the staff hears positive comments about it often.