The day was bright and clear as two white vans pulled down the Wyoming country lane and into the yard of an older white home and yard with a picket fence that was badly in need of repair and paint. Sixteen boys and six staff from Majestic Ranch Academy in Randolph, UT, descended on this service project with shouts of joy and enthusiasm. Blue milk carton stools, water bottles and buckets of paint and brushes accompanied the eager boys. Repairs with hammers and scrapers were the first order of business to prepare the fence for painting. The boys were divided into fours with each group assigned a section or side of the yard. Next came the primer coat. Sacks of carmel popcorn were the reward for completing their section of the fence. The primer coat was all completed by noon and lunch was served. The second coat of paint went on after lunch with a lot of competition, swiftness, accuracy and enthusiasm; each group working together. Paint began appearing in the boyʼs hair, faces, arms and clothing . . . much to their delight.
When the fence was all completed, all white and shiny, there was still some paint left over, so the boys all descended on the nearby garage. By 5:30, it was time to clean up and go back to the Ranch. The fence and garage looked beautiful. We are an older couple and could not believe what a lovely and efficient job these boys had accomplished in one day. The boys were polite and enthusiastic all day long. It was a beautiful service project.
Every time we look out our windows and see this beautiful paint job, our thoughts turn to the boys of the Majestic Ranch program.
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