This week I was reminded that amidst difficult , we as citizens can do something to help out.
Beardslee Park in the City of Duarte, which boasts grassy fields and an elaborate playground, shares fields with Beardslee Elementary School.
As part of an effort to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, Arcadia High School Senior Quinn Cole took on the task of repainting the park's public restroom. Help from Duarte City Councilwoman Margaret Finlay and the city's Parks and Recreation Department made Quinn's project possible.
My husband, himself an Eagle Scout, informed me that completing an Eagle Project does not just measure the amount of work a scout does. A project also demonstrates a scout's ability to recruit and coordinate other volunteers for the completion of the task.
After months of planning, Tuesday evening Quinn led nearly 40 volunteers in repainting the 18-foot-by-25-foot building. After three hours of sanding and more than seven hours of painting — white walls, red trim and blue doors once again adorn the restroom's exterior walls.
"It feels good to do something for the community," Quinn told me, paint bits still on his fingers. "It took a long time to get it all together, but I'm glad to be able to help the city out."