Ahwatukee Foothills resident Andrew Hoge was looking for a worthy cause to tackle for his Eagle Scout project.
When his pastor told him about the dire situation at the Religious Education Facility at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hoge jumped at it.
"I knew about the town and the education facility and I asked (my pastor) if there was anything I could do for my project there," he said. "When I saw it, I looked at it and went ‘wow,' it could definitely use some work."
Where there were once chalkboards with a depleted supply of chalk, there are now white boards with a full stock of markers, thanks to Hoge and his volunteers. In addition to replacing 11 chalk boards, his group also painted all the rooms in the facility.
For his hard work, Hoge, 15, was awarded his Eagle Scout badge on Aug. 24. In all, his group worked a total of 596 hours in remodeling the education center. Hoge was able to raise over $1,000 from car washes with help from the Knights of Columbus.
At the completion ceremony, Hoge, who is a sophomore at Red Mountain High School, was overwhelmed with gratitude from staff, parents and students of the facility.
"It was really cool, just having a bunch of adults thanking me, giving me cards," he said. "The way they did it, I knew I touched their lives. I felt like I needed to do it for them."