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Local Scout Plants Trees As Part Of Eagle Project
A crew adds drought-resistant succulents to the planters on the campus of Crossroads Elementary School as part of an Eagle Scout Project last Saturday. Theyre friends and family, volunteers who are working with 13-year-old A.J. Garcia-Cropper, a member of Boy Scout Troop 40 in Riverbank, on the project, a requirement for his advancement to the Eagle rank. Ric McGinnis/The News

A 13-year-old Riverbank Boy Scout held a service project on Saturday to aid in his advancement to the rank of Eagle.

A.J. Garcia-Cropper, a scout in Riverbank Troop 40, was assisted by family and friends at the Crossroads Elementary School campus. His project was to plant some new trees and other plants on the campus.

He organized the project to add five Redwood trees along the perimeter fence at the school. He said they were replacing trees that had died because of lack of water. The Redwoods are more drought-tolerant, he said.

The group also placed more greenery in the planters around campus as well. Garcia-Chopper said he figured they might as well add some succulents to the planters while they were there. Succulent plants are a group that includes cactus, which do not require as much water as others to stay green and healthy.

Garcia-Cropper and his crew were careful to not disturb things in the planters that were recently placed by those working at Love Riverbank.