SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (WRIC) — Eleven-year-old Ellie Shoaf of Girl Scout Troop #263 gave back in a big way for her community service project. She installed a fence around the Spotsylvania K-9 cemetery.
First, Shoaf did a site visit, took measurements and developed a site plan and design. She reached out to fencing contractors and local businesses to decide what style of fencing to install. To achieve her goal, Shoaf made some of her own materials and raised over $450 with bake sales to pay for the rest. She also received help from the Central Park Lowe’s.
On Saturday, July 21, Shoaf enlisted her troop leaders, family, members of the Spotsylvania K-9 divison and Sheriff Roger Harris to help her work on the fence.
“Even in the rain, Ellie was diligent in completing her project, making a beautiful addition to our beloved partner’s resting place,” Sheriff Harris posted on Facebook.
Sheriff Harris presented Ellie with a certificate of appreciation for all of her hard work. While the rain hindered making some minor adjustments, the main construction of the fence is complete. Shoaf plans to use donations from the Fredericksburg Home Depot to add shrubbery and other accents to the site.