Cub Scout Lend A Hand with “Project: Paint CAN”

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Like a good neighbor, Mayo Cub Scout Pack 137 was there Saturday.

The scouts fanned out in the neighborhood around the Mayo Demonstration School, 1127 S. Columbia Ave., to clean and paint the curbs with house address numerals at no cost to homeowners.

Cubmaster Jason Dill said “Project: Paint CAN” (Curb Address Numbers) was a great way for about 25 scouts to serve the school’s new community.

As part of the ongoing Project Schoolhouse efficiency initiative, this is Mayo’s first year in the old Wilson Middle School building. Dill said Pack 137 parents wanted to do something to “extend a handshake of friendship” to the new neighbors.

Joslin said Saturday’s effort by the Cub Scouts – with a helping hand from Boy Scouts Troop One – fit in with other efforts Mayo has been making to greet its new community, such as distributing recycling bags and sprucing up the school’s exterior.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Mayo here,” said Tom Neal, president of the board of the Renaissance Neighborhood Association.

Neal said having the Cub Scouts disperse across the neighborhood to paint curb numbers is a “beautiful idea. It’s a chance for them to reach out and for us to get to know them better.”

Patrick Admire, a fire equipment operator with Tulsa Fire Department’s Station 7, told the scouts Saturday about the importance of having readable curb numbers. Avery Weeks, an 11-year-old Cub Scout who attends Mayo, said he knew what he and the other scouts were doing Saturday would benefit police and fire crews.

Admire estimated that a third of the homes in midtown Tulsa have missing or illegible curb numbers.

Dill said some of the scouts had also pointed out that other useful benefits of their painting work Saturday included more efficient pizza deliveries.

According to Dill, Saturday’s project was an extension of what scouts are taught about helping others without asking for anything in return.

Scouts also learn life lessons such as “into every life, some rain must fall.”

Dill said close to 90 homes were supposed to receive the curbside painting service Saturday but that a late afternoon storm forced the scouts to cut things short.

He said the plan is to get to the rest of the homes next Saturday. Beyond that, he said the Cub Scouts are anticipating making this an annual event.

“Scouting is fun, but it’s also about giving back,” Dill said.