Updated April 21 at 6:21pm

Boy Scout organizes effort to fix up facility

A Central Falls property owned by Gateway Healthcare recently received some TLC from a group of Boy Scouts and adult volunteers, thanks to a local high school student. More

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Boy Scout organizes effort to fix up facility

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A Central Falls property owned by Gateway Healthcare recently received some TLC from a group of Boy Scouts and adult volunteers, thanks to a local high school student.

Leo Bento, 17, knew that he needed to complete some type of community service and a leadership project in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Having been a Boy Scout for 10 years, Bento decided he would spearhead an effort to freshen up Gateway’s facility, which houses adults with persistent mental illness.

Under Bento’s leadership, eight Scouts from Bento’s Troop 66, Garden City and Venture Crew, along with seven adult volunteers, pitched in to power-wash the building’s siding and paint its woodwork.

“I was impressed by this group of young adults who came prepared and eager to make an impact on this property,” said Ann Rogan, vice president of property management for Gateway Healthcare. “This project was a big undertaking and they did an amazing job.”

Bento, a senior at Cranston East High School, says he looks forward to completing his Eagle Scout requirements and continuing to serve with his troop’s Venture Crew. •

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