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New Rochelle Girl Scout Renovates Historic Band Shell

New Rochelle Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Bill Zimmerman, poses with Cassie White in front of the historic Hudson Park Bandshell on July 10. White renovated the band shell for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Photo Credit: Contributed
The historic Hudson Park band shell was renovated in time for the kick-off of the Council on the Arts' Summer Sound series, which began on July 10. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Hudson Park’s band shell has long served as a historic landmark for New Rochelle residents.

Which is why when 17-year-old Cassie White, saw it in poor condition, she knew she had to fix it.

“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,” White said.

As her gold award project for Girl Scouts, White took on an extensive renovation for the band shell. She rejuvenated it by scraping off old stucco and adding a fresh coat of paint in time for the Council on the Arts “Summer Sounds” concert series.

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Award. It is open only to high school students. The award challenges Girl Scouts to identify an issue, investigate it, then create and implement an 80-hour service project.

The project took more 80 hours of work in over 90-degree temperatures, and nearly 15 gallons of paint.

White received donations of paint from Modern Hardware, Home Depot, Minute Man Press and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.

She was helped by fellow members from New Rochelle Girl Scout Troop 1856 - many of whom, like White, have been in the troop for more than 10 years.

The project received extensive support from the community, and parkgoers even picked up their own brushes to help.

At the July 10 kick-off event for the concert series, Council on the Arts emcee Chris Arena called White on stage to thank her and her team of volunteers.

White said earning the Gold Award shows that Girl Scouts means a lot to her.

“The Girl Scouts emphasizes community service. I love it so much because it’s the right thing to do,” she said.

White intends to continue being involved in community service through helping younger Girl Scouts complete their projects whenever possible.

She will be attending Case Western Reserve University this fall, and plans to major in theater.

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