New Rochelle landmark picture perfect again

July 25, 2013 by  

Here in New Rochelle, a historic landmark has been saved, thanks to an effort spearheaded by 17-year-old Cassie White.

The teenager made up her mind to restore the town’s bandshell to its former glory as her final requirement to obtain her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts. Hanging gutters, peeling paint, and mildew confronted the determined high school student, but she was not deterred. After more than 80 hours of work and almost 15 gallons of paint, the bandshell was ready on July 10 for the ‘Summer Sounds’ concert series sponsored by the New Rochelle Council on Arts.

Talking about what made her choose this project, White said:

“As a thespian, seeing the band shell all run down and stuff was pretty upsetting. Especially after Hurricane Sandy, gutters were falling down, it looked moldy and it was falling apart.”

The Gold Award challenges a Girl Scout to find an issue in her community that needs addressing and fulfill a plan of action. The award is tantamount to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Award and requires a minimum of 80 hours’ service.

As with becoming an Eagle Scout, becoming a Gold (Girl) Scout is an achievement to note on one’s resume before sending it on to a print company. The Gold Award represents not only hard work and community spirit but the ability to start a project and bring it to fruition. Monies and donations for the project came from Minuteman Press, the New Rochelle Council of the Arts, Home Depot, and Modern Hardware.