Local groups and community volunteers dedicated a day to Beautify Birdsboro on April 30.
“By creating a more beautiful neighborhood, we are creating a community that wants to continue to sustain our community,” said Bruce Godfrey, chairman of the Birdsboro Parks & Recreation Board.
The Birdsboro Parks & Recreation Board has hosted the annual Beautify Birdsboro event for about 10 years.
“By bringing many groups together, we create a better community for everyone,” Godfrey said. “Many hands do light work and we were able to clean up our four parks, plant flowers in many places and remove distracting graffiti.”
In addition to recreation board members, several local community groups are involved, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local community groups like Rotary, and women’s clubs. The Daniel Boone Kindness Squad also participated this year.
“My favorite is when the kids are hard at work cleaning up spring weeds, planting flowers and laying down mulch,” Godfrey said. “They can see the difference between when they started and when they finished. The sense of pride and accomplishment is noticeable.
During this year’s event, volunteers cleaned up trash, repainted graffiti, mulched gardens and planted flowers.
“When groups find particularly dirty areas and pick up a lot of trash, they are shocked by the total. One group found an old television, a broken microwave, two tires and several trash bags full of trash,” Godfrey said. “We couldn’t be more proud of our volunteers.
Birdsboro board member Matthew Elgonitis said this event requires a few months of planning and contact with many groups and organizations.
“The event has been held for many years and takes place close to Earth Day every year,” Elgonitis said.
In addition to Girl Scout and Boy Scout participation, this year American Legion Post 626 cleaned up along Route 724 to adopt a highway, Mission Trip Birdsboro, and the Daniel Boone Kindness Squad.
Throughout the school year, students at the Daniel Boone Area Middle Center demonstrated empathy and care for others, which ultimately led to the name Kindness Squad. For Beautify Birdsboro, they picked up trash and swept sidewalks in the Borough of Birdsboro parking lot, weeded garden beds and planted flowers at the Birdsboro Community Center with their teacher, Ms. Hillman.
“This annual event benefits all of our children’s parks and our community, revitalizes our neighborhood in many areas, and attracts many great volunteers! It’s a big event every year as many come together to help our children learn how to plant flowers, mulch and beautify our town,” Elgonitis said. “The Birdsboro Parks and Recreation Committee is working hard this year to make it happen and has made it another great event this year!”
Birdsboro Cub Scout Pack 595 mulched and planted flowers at Birdsboro Industrial Park sign. This is the 7th year they have worked on the flowerbed at this location for Beautify Birdsboro.
“This is my third year helping Beautify Birdsboro. I’ve been doing this since kindergarten. It’s fun and my neighbors can see how I’m helping my community!” said Mark Derer Jr., 8, of Birdsboro , Cub Scout Pack 595.
Daniel Boone Girl Scout Troop 149 weeded, planted and mulched the flower bed at Texas Field.
“I liked the event because it was fun and helping in my city made me happy!” said Autumn Forsythe, 8, of Birdsboro, Troop 149.
Stacey Darrohn, leader of the Daniel Boone 1709 Scout Troop and co-leader of Troop 1797, quoted the saying, “Many hands make quick work”.
“Nothing can be truer about this on Beautify Birdsboro Day,” Darrohn said. “A lot of different people come together to achieve the same goal of making their own little piece of the world a little better, a little cleaner, a little prettier.”
Darrohn loves that Beautify Birdsboro brings the community together to make it better.
“Allows people to show their pride in a tangible way, by taking care of their own environment,” she said.
What makes it a great community event is that it allows everyone to participate and feel part of a community, a community that cares about each other and their environment, Darrohn said.
“I’ve been involved with older and younger Girl Scout troupes and the feeling is the same for both age groups – they feel like they’re participating and contributing to their environment, that they’re part of something. something bigger than themselves. And what they contribute to the day matters more than them,” Darrohn said.
Molly Blackwell, a member of Daniel Boone Girl Scout Junior Troop 1080, said what makes this a great community event is that everyone works together.
“We can make new friends and do more work as a larger group,” Blackwell said. “It’s fun cleaning up the community and working together.”
Her favorite thing about this event is that they can do different projects every year and meet new people.
“It feels good at the end of the day to make a difference in our community,” Blackwell said.