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Highland School Softball Fields

Posted by:   Cali and Kelsea on Jun 5, 2012
Town:         Cheshire
Troop:        60270

What issue did your Take Action project address?
The benches at our Elementary School are used for baseball and softball for the Parks and rec. league in town, but they are not maintained very well. Cali and Kelsea have both played girls softball for a few years and know firsthand how fun the sport is and how having safe equipment is necessary for any environment. Like Kelsea said "No one likes having splinters!".

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
Cali and Kelsea learned more about the game of softball and other field sports. They taught softball to Daisy troop 67279 and inspired their 10 girls to play as well. They met with the Parks and Rec Director and presented a Power Point presentation showing him what condition the benches and fields were in and asked permission to improve them. They also got approval from their School Principal, The Board of Education and The Commissioner of the Baseball/Softball League. They also contacted the local hardware store who donated the supplies they would need to get the job done. Finally, over April vacation, they spent 3 days sanding, scraping, puttying, priming, painting the benches on two fields. They also picked up garbage, removed broken glass and put down fresh mulch around the benches and field boxes.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
The benches and the whole area are now clean, safe and look awesome! Their efforts have made the baseball/softball program a better and safer place to play and learn the game!

What did you learn from the experience?
Cali said she learned that she can make a positive change in someone's life and Kelsea said that she loved being able to teach a younger group of girls something that she loves herself. And they were both very proud of how much of a change they were able to make. The girls have also been very inspirational within their own troop, there are several other troop members who have now begun their own Bronze award planning and are looking to also make a difference in our community!

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