“When the school was remodeled, they had a mural on the wall, and it came down with the building,” William said. “I decided I’d try and see if they wanted a new one.”
He would end up spending more than a year researching his options, meeting with Glendale Unified administrators and raising funds.
“He has done a great job,” Principal Beatriz Bautista said. “His communication with me has been constant.…He is a great kid.”
School officials wanted to ensure that the new mural would not go the way of the old, so they requested that William design a project that would survive any future construction. He decided to have a rendering of an eagle made on all-weather canvas that could be moved from building to building.
William raised more than $500 for the project through various fundraisers, including a pancake breakfast at Grandview Presbyterian Church. He created an original design and sent the piece off to a company that ink-jetted the drawing onto the canvas.
He and fellow Scouts worked over the weekend to install bolts in an unadorned wall on the exterior of the auditorium. And the 8-by-8-foot mural was unfurled at a special ceremony Monday morning as the student body sang a rowdy rendition of the school’s fight song, the eagles cheer.
William showed a great deal of responsibility throughout the project, said his mother, Diane Kaufmann.
“He ended up getting into a car accident right before one of the fundraisers — it was a pancake breakfast at the church that sponsors us — and he showed up on crutches,” she said. “Everybody thought he would be a no-show, and he showed up on crutches, one hand serving the orange juice and coffee.”