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P-dale Explorers to give gazebo facelift

PORTERDALE -- Some youngsters interested in the field of law enforcement are taking time to give back to the community.

The 14 members of Porterdale Police Explorers have embarked on a community service project to refurbish the town's gazebo.

"The kids came up with the idea. They wanted to do a community project every month or every other month," said Sgt. Jason Cripps of the Porterdale Police Department and post advisor for Porterdale Police Explorers.

The group, which meets weekly, is comprised of youths age 14 to 21 who are interested in law enforcement as a profession. Recently members decided they wanted to get active and help with the town's beautification efforts, so they are now seeking monetary donations, as well as white paint, flowers and mulch and any other items that could be used for the project.

Their goal is to raise $500.

The youths will meet with volunteers from Porterdale CARE on March 10 and 17 to paint the gazebo, located at the south end of town at Ga. Highway 81 and Elm Street, and landscape around it, as well as install a flagpole. Cripps said the flagpole may be used as a memorial to local veterans.

Cripps said he's pleased that his students are taking such an interest in bettering their community.

"I couldn't ask for a better bunch of kids. I have got the elite, I've really got some go-getters. Some of them are going to make great cops," he said.

Donations can be dropped off at Porterdale City Hall or the Porterdale Police Department. For more information about the project or the Explorer program, call Cripps at 770-231-2843.