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Scouts vote to spend summer gathering school supplies for others

— The kids in Cub Scout Pack 315 were given a project, something fun to do during the long hot summer months.

The pack, which is based in Town ’n Country but has boys from all over Hillsborough County, was given several choices.

For example, they could have a picnic in Dunedin. Another idea was a “space derby” where they could make and launch their own rocket ships.

But these scouts had some ideas of their own. The winning project was an effort to get school supplies for those in need. The pack has collected satchels full of school essentials for a big giveaway at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church on Aug. 9. Any additional donations are welcome.

Project coordinator Krystyn Marchese said she was surprised by the kids’ choice to pick a charity project over the rocket derby.

“It all started when one little boy said that there are kids in his class that always need school supplies,” Marchese said. “It became a really popular idea and everyone became all gung-ho about it.”

The scouts are collecting for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. School supplies have gotten expensive lately, Marchese said. Four boxes of liquid crayons can run as much as $20.

“We have kids from teachers all over Hillsborough County,” Marchese said. “Almost all of them are paying for supplies out of their own pockets. We just felt like we could do something to help.”

Any child can attend the event no matter where he or she goes to school. No one gets turned down. There are fliers all over the county and several local businesses have donated their shops as drop-off spots for donations.

Marchese said that, as proud as she is of the kids putting community work ahead of themselves, it is nice to see kids who care about giving back, something she remembers doing when she was growing up.

“When I was growing up in the ’80s, everybody seemed like they wanted to help each other out,” Marchese said. “It’s natural that things change, but if people like these kids can learn to start giving back to the community, wouldn’t it make the world a better place?”

For information on donating to Cub Scout Pack 315, contact Marchese at (813) 352-4145.

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