Sophie Desmarais and Allie Price, a pair of Girl Scouts from Troop 50465, are collecting soccer equipment for the students in Cesar Batalla Elementary School in Bridgeport this month.

The East Ridge Middle School students, who play soccer with each other, went to school together at Branchville Elementary School and are now working together in the quest to earn a Silver Award from their troop.

“Next year, we will both be going to Ridgefield High,” said Desmarais. “We both love soccer and play the sport. For our Silver award project, we decided that we wanted to share our love of the game with someone else.”

That someone else happened to be Cesar Batalla, an elementary school in Bridgeport that serves student in pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade.

“It serves one of the poorest communities in the state and 100% of the students qualify for state funded lunches,” Desmarais said. “Last year, Brighter Lives For Kids Foundation ran two successful soccer programs in the spring and fall and hoping to do again this spring.”

The Ridgefield cadettes are looking for new or gently used soccer socks, soccer balls, soccer cleats, and shinguards for students ages 4-10.

There will be collection bins at Branchville Elementary School, East Ridge Middle School, Tiger Sports, the Rec Center, and the Boys and Girls Club.

The collection bins have already been dropped off at the sites and will be staying there through the month of February into early March. The items dropped off should be physical items. However, if they want to just donate money, they can go to: https://www.gofundme.com/soccer-equipment-for-cesar-batalla. If there are any questions, we can be reached at: cbsoccerequipment@gmail.com.