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City Boy Scout plans to make Commandments monument

Connor Sasseen only needs three more merit badges to complete his service project before he becomes an Eagle Scout.

For his service project, Sasseen  a junior at Lawton Christian High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 176  is rebuilding a wall and establishing a Ten Commandments monument in front of his home church, Central Baptist Church, 901 SW B. The project will rebuild the 4-foot concrete retaining wall on the west side of the church and the monument will be installed in front of the wall.

The retaining wall will be rebuilt with Versa-Lok mosaic units. The monument will be constructed of stone and granite and will be 20 feet tall and 20 feet long. The Ten Commandment plaques will be 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The budget for the wall is set at $15,525.34 for the wall and $22,300 for the monument for a total of $37,825.34 for the entire project. Sasseen has received donations, either monetary or supplies, and pledges from various local businesses and individuals. As of October, Sasseen had raised more than $23,000.

Sasseen picked the project because it would benefit his church and it was out of the norm for an Eagle Scout service project.

"I really wanted to help the church and most Eagle Scouts, their projects are either building a bench or some other small things," Sasseen said. "But I really wanted to build this wall and build this monument to kind of make a difference."

He also was concerned about how far the retaining wall was leaning, how unsafe it was and how unattractive it looked. He knew it needed to be fixed. But Keith Miles, pastor of Central Baptist Church, brought to Sasseen's attention that for the past couple of years the church had been looking into establishing a Ten Commandments monument. 

"They thought about putting it by the playground out back," Sasseen said, "but I thought since I was going to rebuild this wall, we could put both of these projects together and have this right out front facing City Hall and right out front where everybody else could see it."

To donate to Sasseen’s Eagle Scout service project, visit gofundme.com/connereagleproject.

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