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Boy Scout Troop 302 member Robert Marquez II stands outside the freshly painted Harleton Community Center during his Eagle Scout pinning ceremony. Marquez gave the facility a facelift, painting the entire exterior, as his Eagle Scout project.

HARLETON — The Harleton Community Center has a new look thanks to Hallsville Boy Scout Troop 302 member Robert Marquez II, who led an effort to paint the exterior as part of his Eagle Scout project.

“I decided to beautify Harleton because this town was missing a little bit of color,” said Marquez, who is a Harleton resident.

“I saw this place was getting a little bit rundown from how much it’s been used (over time),” he said. “So what I did was I thought it out and I talked with Jay Ebarb, the Harrison County commissioner, and I got what I needed to know from him and I set the plan; and my plan was to paint the community center.”

Marquez and his team spent two days putting a fresh coat of light gray paint on the building. The Scout said it was rewarding to know he was doing something good for the community he lives in.

“It’s a great feeling to see people walk by and see them have that smile, because I work down at the Family Dollar, and I see people walk in and talk about the building,” he said.

The 18-year-old returned to the newly-painted facility recently to be awarded his Eagle Scout badge and celebrate the completion of his project.

The Eagle Scout badge is the highest honor that a Boy Scout can achieve. Boy Scouts must have a minimum of 21 merit badges to earn it.