Gold Award Scout Project Unveiled to the Community
Saturday afternoon Claire Alexander was surrounded by friends and family as her Girl Gold Award project was unveiled to the community. Folks gathered on the basketball courts at Davidson K-8 before trekking through the woods behind the school to the site of her project – an Outdoor Learning Circle. The site of the project has been part of a number of Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) efforts, including restoration of the stream buffer.
Claire repeatedly told those gathered how important it was to have so many volunteers helping out on the project. Meanwhile Katie Noble and Dave Cable of DLC took the time to tell those gathered that Claire breathed life into the project. She was the leadership behind all the volunteers. Noble went so far as to say “When I grow up, I want to be like Claire.”
One of the volunteers who helped out on the project was Davidson Police Department School Resource Officer Mike Prather. The Town recently released the following about his partnership with the project:
Officer Prather, known as Officer Mike to students at Davidson K-8, learned about the outdoor nature trail in the green space behind the school and found it was in need of some TLC. Officer Prather found many willing volunteers to share their love of the outdoors and give of their skills and energy to revitalize the area for students and teachers.
Bartlett Tree Service first arrived to clear out dead and dangerous trees. The company donated their time and services to make this costly work possible. The Davidson Land Conservancy and parent volunteers started work on clearing the area of downed debris and creating an area for instruction near the trails. Tree stumps encircle the area and provide seating in the natural area.
Girl Scout Claire Alexander’s Gold Award Project was the construction of an outdoor learning circle with benches and a work table. More volunteers joined her in constructing several benches and a work table. “The combined work resulted in a beautiful area on the edge of green space and nature trails for students, teachers, and residents to enjoy year round,” said Officer Prather.
“Our department is dedicated to developing relationships through all types of partnerships to accomplish goals and unite others in community service. This is our commitment as public servants in the Town of Davidson,” added Chief Penny Dunn.