Eagle Scout project beautifies Volunteer Firefighters Monument

Eagle Scout project beautifies Volunteer Firefighters Monument

Top, what the North Providence Volunteer Firefighters Monument looked like before Sept. 26. Bottom, the monument with a face-lift as part of Troop 76 Providence’s Girell Alexandre’s Eagle Scout Project of landscaping. He planted bushes and mums and added mulch and border stones in time for the Oct. 4 rededication ceremony.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Using a hobby he knows, Girell Alexandre, 16, of North Providence and Troop 76 Providence, completed his Eagle Scout project by landscaping the grounds around the North Providence Volunteer Firefighters Monument at the North Providence Public Safety Complex.

Alexandre said he had many ideas about where and how he was going to complete the project. He said landscaping has become a hobby of his as he mows his dad’s boss’s lawn as well as projects in his own yard.

“We were driving by the safety complex on Mineral Spring Avenue and I saw the memorial,” he said. “I thought it would be pretty cool for it to be landscaped and I could show some honor to firefighters.”

He said he contacted the town and got the approval for the project from Mayor Charles Lombardi. He said he knew about a re-dedication ceremony of the monument set to take place Oct. 4, so his plan was to get the project finished by then.

Alexandre started the process for his project about a month ago. He had to get approvals from his troop as well as the town and needed donations and time for preparation and paperwork. He said he still has some paperwork to finish. The project itself took more than five hours, he said.

On Sept. 26, Alexandre visited the monument at about 8:30 a.m. and set everything up. He had six fellow Boy Scouts arrive around 10 a.m. who helped him.

The monument, originally across the street at the high school, was at the end of a walkway that was cut out in the grass. Alexandre and his helpers dug up around the edges of the walkway, sodded and planted bushes and mums, and placed black mulch on top. To keep everything neat, the new plants and mulch are kept in place by border stones.

“I had a couple of bags of mulch left so we re-mulched the surrounding trees,” he said.

His helpers were all part of his troop. They were done by the end of the day.

“The finished product was a little different than our original idea,” Alexandre said. “We thought about using different plantings, but with the season we thought bushes and Mums would be better and in season. It turned out better.”

Alexandre still needs two more merit badges before he can become an Eagle Scout but he has completed the most significant aspect of the advancement.

He has been part of Boy Scouts since the 1st grade and hopes to continue on staying active in the troop even as an adult.

Alexandre is currently the senior patrol leader for Troop 76 Providence, which has about 22 Scouts.

Girell Alexandre, 16, of Troop 76 Providence, stands on his finished Eagle Scout project. He landscaped the grounds of the North Providence Volunteer Firefighters Monument that is located in the Public Safety Complex on Mineral Spring Avenue.