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Cottageville “Huckleberry” project painting town fences

A Colleton Girl Scout troop has partnered with Cottageville’s Revitalization Committee to repaint some of the town’s most well-known features, its picketed fences.
Colleton County Girl Scouts Troop Nos. 799 and 162, along with the girls’ parents and grandparents and Troop leaders, including Leader Christine Blankenship, joined members of the Revitalization Committee last weekend for the town’s Huckleberry Finn Painting Project. “It’s a project to white-wash local residence’s fences, and those in need of a little TLC,” said Alvarado. “It’s something people notice when they drive through Cottageville. Some of our fences are in very poor condition. I want to brighten us up and revitalize.”
Though supported by the town’s revitalization committee, the project is spearheaded by committee Chairwoman and creator Yvonne Alvarado, who is also a town councilwoman. “It’s something I have been wanting to do for more than a year,” she said. “Some people aren’t physically able to do this for their property, and others don’t have the time or energy. I think it would be rude for me to ask people to wash their fences and not lend them a hand doing it.”

Members of two Colleton County Girl Scout Troops joined with Cottageville volunteers and Revitalization Committee members last weekend to paint the fences of several town residents. The project will be ongoing and is meant to beautify the town. Photos by Heather Walters.

The revitalization committee began working about two years ago to beautify the town and to create more recreational opportunities for Cottageville. The committee has sponsored the town’s now-annual Tractor Parade, the town’s Halloween Carnival and several community parks and events. The committee raises its own funds in its goals of buying more trees to plant, building park benches and providing more community activities, according to Alvarado.
The committee is not funded by the town.
Cottageville’s “Huckleberry Finn Painting Project” was sponsored by Summerville Home Depot, who donated all of the paint and supplies, said Alvarado. “These Girl Scout Troops are a very hard-working group of young ladies, ready for any project, “said Alvarado. The troops earned their community service badges while working on the project.
“One badge down, “she said. “I really want to revitalize this area. It’s going to take a lot more givers. Thank you Girl Scouts, leaders and family members, for your hard work.”
This painting project will be ongoing. Anyone wanting to volunteer with the committee or help with the next painting project can contact Alvarado at 843.709.6841 or 843.542.5935.

Heather Walters (795 Posts)