Adopt-a-Spot organizers learn a lot in their first year
During Monday night’s Windham Board of Selectmen meeting, Community Development Director Laura Scott and event organizer Lisa Ferrisi shared details of the recently completed program. Adopt-A-Spot ran from June through September.
Tasked with removing litter, weeding neglected flower beds and adding colorful plants, the participants were responsible for maintaining their spots throughout the summer and early autumn, with materials donated by several area businesses.
According to program officials, the 2013 participants filled a total of 50 trash bags and completed just under 50 hours of service over the four-month time frame.
“One thing we learned is that we need to use flowers that are more tolerant of the sunnier areas,” she said.
“We also need to reevaluate some of the sites and improve communication amongst the volunteers,” she said. “Because we found that some of the smaller sites could have actually been combined. Some of the areas weren’t as bad as we’d thought, and the volunteers completed those jobs in no time at all.”
“It’s been a great thing for our community,” he said.
Scott said that during the process of organizing the initial Adopt-A-Spot, she met many area business owners who wished to donate money toward the cause but didn’t have the time to volunteer.
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