The project started in February 2015 with the original design of the mural and was completed in June. Sarah and Clar sought and were granted approval from the Smithfield Parks and Recreation, Smithfield Town Council, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to paint the mural. The project took 63 hours to complete. Many organizations helped along the way including Sherwin Williams, Smithfield Police Department, and Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail. The celebratory ribbon cutting was held on July 24th with many members of our community represented. Pastor Meagan Mathews of Centenary United Methodist Church led with a blessing. Those represented were Smithfield Town Manager Paul Sabiston, Smithfield Mayor John Lampe, Smithfield Mayor Pro-term Andy Moore, North Carolina Parks and Recreation Tim Johnson, Smithfield Councilman Emory Ashley, Johnston County Commissioner Jeff Carver, Johnston County Chamber of Commerce Rick Childrey, Smithfield Parks and Recreation Gary Johnson, Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail JoEllen Mason, Girl Scout Coastal Pines Development Director Tracy Sternberg, Girl Scout Coastal Pines Membership Director Carolyn Carroll and many more.
Overall, the most rewarding aspect of the project was the direct positive community reaction to the mural. The best part was when a little girl said, “I want to be a Girl Scout too.”