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Eagle Scout project freshens civic center
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Tim Ogden, Grant’s father and the City Manager for Manteca, along with other volunteers, helps shovel mulch on Friday morning.

Grant Ogden and several volunteers spent an uncharacteristic cool first-day-of-summer morning sprucing up the Manteca Civic Center.

He’s the son of the City Manager Tim Ogden, who did his part on Friday by shoveling up piles of the city-produced mulch into the planter-bound wheel barrows.

The work that went from 8 a.m. to about noon also consisted of Grant Ogden and his band of helpers refinishing some 15 wooden benches situated throughout the City of Manteca campus.

Ogden, 14, recently attended Woodward Elementary School and is an incoming freshman at Sierra High.

His concerted effort was for his Eagle Scout project.

Eagle Scout is the highest ranking for Boy Scouts of America.

Ogden of the local Boy Scout Troop 440 has been a scout for two years —  the Eagle Scout requirements call for six months as a Life Scout, which demonstrates the Scout spirit by living the Scout oath and the Scout law.

“I’m thankful for the support of my parents,” he said of Tim and Heather Ogden.

Grant Ogden presented his Eagle Scout plan to his Scout leaders along with Cody Ross, who is the City’s Operation Manager.

“He gave me the logistics necessary for the project,” he said of Ross.

Thanks to Ogden, the Civic Center will have refurbished bench seats and fresh mulch in the planters.

Tim Ogden pointed out that the mulch used came off of trees throughout town —- city workers did the shredding of the branches, bark and trimmings.