MILTON, Ga. — The City of Milton honored Milton residents and Northwestern Middle School students Chris and Zach Giannini with a proclamation from the Milton City Council July 24.
The 12-year-old twins were recognized for their efforts to single-handedly repair and paint more than 200 feet of two-board horse fence that surrounds Milton’s Bethwell Community Center.
The boys, long-time participants in the Hopewell Baseball Association and the Milton Steelers football program, decided to take the spring 2017 baseball season off.
“I supported their decision, but I challenged them to find a community service project to work on during the spring months,” Colleen Hayes, the boys’ mother, said.
Chris and Zach accepted that challenge by walking from Northwestern after school to Milton City Hall one day in early spring to pay a visit to the Milton Parks and Recreation Director Jim Cregge.
“I wasn’t expecting visitors that day so I was a bit shocked when the front desk said I had two guests, much less two 12-year olds,” Cregge said. “Even more shocking was the story that the boys would share with me about their desire to give back to their community.”
The boys worked with Cregge to come up with the perfect community service project.
“We just wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to us,” said Chris.
Chris and Zach would repair and paint the fence at Bethwell.
“The Giannini brothers did it all, the city just provided the supplies,” Cregge said. “These are amazing young men and we can’t wait to see how they impact Milton as adults.”
Hours of prep work were spent making the fence ready for painting, scraping off old paint and replacing rotten wood, along with the time spent painting the fence.
“This project gave us experience at what it was like to do something that we had never thought about doing before,” Zach said.