Two Hockessin Girl Scouts are working on a project to help beautify one of Hockessin’s churches and earn themselves a Silver Award in the process.
Cadettes Emma Grazetti and Gianna Snyder have proposed to install a new sign at the Hockessin United Methodist Church along Old Lancaster Pike.
Their plan is to create an 8-foot by 8-foot square patch of mulch with a new illuminated sign, complete with landscaping, at the church’s back entrance.
The sign will be illuminated by a single light that will turn off automatically in the evening between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
Speaking at the May Greater Hockessin Area Development Association (GHADA) meeting, Emma and Gianna said they chose HUMC because they’re both members of the church, and that it would help beautify the area.
“When you drive down Old Lancaster Pike now, you can’t really tell the entrance to our church is there,” Gianna said. “We just wanted it to be noticed.”
Pastor Laura Martin said that the girls approached her back in February about the sign, and that they have been working with them and the church’s board of trustees on the project.
Martin said the sign will be located at the same spot as the original parsonage house to the Old Founder’s Church used to sit years ago.
“So when you turn into the campus, leaving the [Hockessin Fire Company], and turn into the campus near the Old Founder’s Church, this flower garden signage will be to the right in a grassy area,” Martin said.
The project met with both GHADA’s and the Hockessin Design Review Architecture Committee’s (DRAC) approval.
The Silver Award is the second highest honor available in the GSA, according to their website.
According to GSA guidelines, the project can be done as an individual or as a small group, and the objective must be to benefit the community in some way.
Each scout is expected to contribute 50 hours to the project, and while adults can advise and assist when necessary, the work itself is to be girl-led.