For the past 6 years, the members of Girl Scout Troop #2273 in Sherborn have taken part in a community service project that has grown from an individual troop project to a town-wide Girl Scout project. Now 5th graders, these girls began cleaning up 5 grave sites at Pine Hill Cemetery when they were just in Kindergarten. They put on their gardening gloves, pulled out their shovels and put together a pot of beautiful flowers for each of the sites.
The project started in 2007 when two of the troop moms enlisted their children, who were members of troop #2273, to help plant flowers at and take care of the grave site of one of their Pine Hill School classmates (way back in 1982!) who lost his mother to cancer when he was in the 6th grade. Since he moved out of town as an adult, there was no one to take care of his mother's grave, so these two moms took it over and the project has grown in leaps and bounds. Each year, the troop picks 5 special people to plant flowers for. This year, they placed pots at the resting places of Tony Marinello, Allan Bolton, Bill Jameson, Claudia Johnson and finally, the original reason for planting at Pine Hill Cemetery, Elaine Sellman.
Congratulations to these girls and to all of the Girl Scout Troops who help clean up the cemetery and plant so many flowers every year in time for Memorial Day.