‘East Hill Gang’ makes for nicer neighborhood
Pensacola News Journal USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA
A gang of children has formed in Pensacola’s East Hill. On the loose — parental supervision aside — the roughly one dozen members prowl, while adhering to Center for Disease Control social distancing recommendations, the unsuspecting suburban streets of their East Hill neighborhood.
They call themselves the “East Hill Gang.”
Aged 4-11 and formed sometime last year in-and-around summer vacation, the East Hill Gang’s sixth-grade ringleaders reevaluated their moneymaking potential at the start of COVID-19 shutdowns and formed the “East Hill Gang Agency.”
In recent weeks, members have raked leaves, mowed grass, scrubbed baseboards and generally spruced up their neighbors’ yards, pulling in cash with hopes of one day collecting the funds necessary to afford a dream — a tree house, of the club’s very own, in a magnolia.
“We’re families coping with the pandemic with a village mentality,” said Sidney Poller mother to East Hill Gang members Jude Poller, 11, and 7-year-old Luca Poller. “They will come and go between our houses, and we’re really getting back to what it means to be an oldschool neighborhood.”
The majority of the East Hill Gang lives within a two-block radius of each other — in East Hill — and all attend the
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The “East Hill Gang” poses for a group picture. Top row (from left to right) Maggie Comerford, 10, Mason Hill, 8, Patrick Frey, 9, Jude Poller, 11.Middle row (from left to right): Rachel Frey, 7, Bridey Comerford, 8, Abby Cage, 8, Luca Poller, 7.Bottom row (from left to right): Jimmy Comerford, 4, Morgan Frey, 6. COLIN WARREN-HICKS
Members of the East Hill Gang clean-up a yard full of leaves on Thursday. The group of kids have banded together and started doing chores for other people in the neighborhood during the shutdown. TONY GIBERSON/TGIBERSON@PNJ.COM