Scout refurbishes grotto

By LaJuan Tallo
Senatobia – The grotto at St. Gregory Parish recently got a facelift thanks to the efforts of one of the church’s young members. L. Meng, a student at Senatobia High School, chose to refurbish the church’s grotto as his Eagle Scout project.
Meng got in touch with Meri Smith of Senatobia, who helped him design the new layout. In order to raise money for the project, he held a garage sale in the church’s fellowship hall and also presented his project to the local council of the Knights of Columbus, who donated money.
With the help of fellow scouts, his family and members of St. Gregory’s, the project was completed on May 3.  Father Gregory Schill, SCJ, who serves as one of the priests for St. Gregory’s, held a rededication and blessing of the Grotto on May 20.
Meng began his scouting career at age 11. He is a member of Troop 478 in Batesville and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, which is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a Life Scout and a patrol leader in the scouts.
He is the son of Greg and Leanne Meng of Senatobia. “Lyndon is more than proud of his project, not only because of the accomplishment, but also because of the beauty it brings to his church,” his mother said.
For photos of the grotto and rededication, visit St. Gregory’s Facebook page at