Girl Scouts clean up neighborhood eyesore
by Glenn Moore
Nov 08, 2013 | 1822 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleanup project at Edgewood
Erica Ochoa (left) and Madison Rodriguez, members of Girl Scout Troop 2116, paint a sign leading into the Edgewood subdivision at Corral Hollow Road as part of a community service project Monday, Nov. 4.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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When the Girl Scouts of Troop 2116 looked for a community service project, they didn’t have to go far to find peeling paint, cobwebs and bent lettering on entrance signs to the Edgewood subdivision where most of them live.

Kneeling in the dirt on Monday, Nov. 4, Madison Rodriguez, 11, carefully painted around the metal letters on the stone wall as she added a fresh coat of paint.

“We’re taking a little more pride in the neighborhood,” Madison said. “It will make our neighborhood look more presentable — anything we can do to help.”

Troop co-leader Rhiannon Thompson said the eight girls, ages 10 and 11, came up with the sign cleanup as a service project.

“We decided to look for an opportunity to help our community,” Thompson said. “We found that Edgewood is an under-funded community.”

The signs had not been maintained in at least seven years, Thompson said. The Girl Scouts voted unanimously to tackle the webs, cracked paint and damaged lettering.

After checking with the city, the Scouts began work Monday with the first pair of signs at the corner of Corral Hollow Road and Middlefield Drive.

They cleaned two of the six signs Monday and plan to work on the remaining signs during the next few weeks, if the weather remains fair.

Emily Thompson, 10, said she was happy to help clean up community entrances that were becoming eyesores.

“We would say we live in Edgewood by the ugly signs,” Emily said. “Some people just sit back and watch, but Girl Scouts take it into their own hands.”

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