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Girl Scout Troop Members Keep Irving Beautiful


Handrails at a local park have a new look thanks to Irving-based Girl Scout Troop 2871 members who participated in a beautification project.

Heeding the call for volunteers from Keep Irving Beautiful, Girl Scout Troop 2871, which comprises 11 girls and three adult sponsors, spent a Sunday afternoon painting metal safety handrails along the side of Running Bear Park. Upon arrival, the troop prepped the area by wiping down all of the rails and taping off work areas near the sidewalk. The small group was so highly motivated and efficient that they completed the job much earlier than expected, giving them time to do a clean sweep of the park to pick up litter.

"Teaching children about the value of volunteering at an early age is so important," KIB Board Member Margie Stipes said. “We have seen many of these girls in Troop 2871 grow up before our eyes, and now they are mentoring the younger ones to be responsible members of the community.”

The energetic troop completed a total of 35 volunteer hours making the park safer and more inviting. Several visitors at the park immediately noticed and commented on the quality of the work.

This demonstration of service is not unusual for Girl Scout Troop 2871. Not afraid to get their hands dirty, the Scouts regularly participate in regular Keep Irving Beautiful cleanup events like the Trinity Trash Bash and the Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off. They also maintain their Adopt-a-Spot on O'Connor Boulevard.

To learn how you can help Keep Irving Beautiful, visit the website.

Posted July 19


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