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Deconstruction Helps Girl Scouts

Wednesday, July 28, 2010   (0 Comments)
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by: Tina Tyus-Shaw



If these walls could talk oh the historic stories we would hear.
"They made panels and put the buildings together so the shipbuilders would have a place to live during World War II," says Nina Smith.

That was Strathmore Estates in the early 1940s'.

New housing is in the future, but right now ---piece by piece community volunteers are trying to salvage reusable materials at two duplexes to help save some money.
Doors, windows, paneling, … hidden treasures that local girl scouts are salvaging.

"We're going to actually reuse the materials in a sustainable way and build a science center where they can learn."

5-year girl scout Anna Smith says the project hammers an important message.

"Girls will learn how to make the world a better place."

Folks here are hoping they'll be able to salvage about 50% of this building, and one goal is to make kids understand that we don't live in a disposable world."

"They can actually see the affects of doing an event or reusing the material to benefit the planet,” says Tara Panzo.

By extending the life cycle and preserving history.

"It engages the volunteers. It engages the community in such a meanigful way , and I hope we'll preserve some of the culture of what this community was and have it further used down at rose duh with the girl scouts," says Mark Fitzpatrick.

It's a community project that's golden for girl scouts.
The Girl Scouts hope to begin construction in the near future as funding becomes available and they plan to have part of their Science Center complete by their 100 year anniversary in March of 20-12.



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