KIRKLAND — Junior Girls Scouts from Girl Scout Troop 20477 in Clinton were at Kirkland Town Park Saturday, Oct. 26 helping to clean up trash and debris, and to install new recycle bins.
Troop Co-leader Catherine Marhenke said the troop installed five recycling bins as part of a project that will lead to their Bronze Award, the highest award that a Junior Girl Scout can receive.
The girls chose the project because they have been spending time learning about environmental conservation, and appreciation of the outdoors, said Marhenke. Knowing they needed to complete a project that would have a sustainable impact, they chose to install recycling bins,
having noticed that the park has trash receptacles but
no recycling receptacles, the co-leader added.
“They saw that recyclables were being thrown away, or thrown on the grown,” she said of the scouts. “They are hoping to create lasting change through their project. The girls are using money earned through Girl Scout cookies sales to purchase the bins.”
The troop gathered at the park at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, first to pick up trash and recycling that has been discarded on the ground around the park, and then they installed the bins.
The girls have been working with the town to come to an agreement about the long-term maintenance of the bins and off-season storage.
“These young women are a fine example of young leaders and community-minded citizens,” Marhenke said.
Participating Troop 20477 members were: Gabriella Bastian, Eliana Bentley, Olivia Copperwheat, Loralynne Gadziala, Shelby Haberbusch, Ella Kelly, Lydia Marhenke, Devyn Roy, Emily Roy and Brynne Russum, along co-leaders Marhenke and Molly Haberbusch.