Topton Cub Scouts sand, prime, paint lettering on Mertztown Post Office

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Topton Cub Scouts painted lettering on Mertztown Post Office for their community service project.
Submitted photos Topton Cub Scouts painted lettering on Mertztown Post Office for their community service project.

Topton Cub Scouts Den #2 in Longswamp pack 575 helped their community with a service project.

“Our boys worked hard for many weeks to sand, prime and paint the letters on the Mertztown Post Office. I think it looks great and hope it lasts many, many years!” said Sherry Sexton, den leader.

They finished the project Sept. 30.

Seven cub scouts, mostly age 9 in 4th grade at Brandywine Heights School District, participated, including Brian Sexton, Sam Bates, Kane Weller, Rowan Flynn, Matt Defrain, Zach Skumanick, Bradley Masters , as well as one den chief Dillon Giadosh, one boy scout Michael Sexton, two den leaders Sherry Sexton and Matt Bates and parents and one sibling, according to Sherry Sexton.


Sexton initiated the project.

“I moved to the area seven years ago and took notice to the worn off letters,” she wrote in an email to The Patriot. “I told myself there would be a day when my boys needed a community service project and that was first on my list. Seven years later, they were still not painted so I approached the post office for permission. They were happy to have it done for them.”

She said the significance of this community service project is “knowing that these boys will drive past this post office on their way to scouts every Thursday, knowing they did a ‘good turn’ for the community will make them proud. I hope the letters last long enough that maybe these boys’ children will be the ones to repaint them again some day.”

Sexton hopes the cub scouts learn from the experience “that projects like this are hard work but rewarding in the end.”

When asked how does this project benefits the community, she wrote, “Mertztown residents will finally be able to read the letters which could make giving directions easier. You would be surprised to know how many people didn’t ever take notice to the writing. I hope now they are noticeable and people recognize the hard work.”

Sexton wanted to thank Valley Hardware “who was gracious enough to donate the supplies needed for the job!”

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