By GSNI Volunteer Sunshine G.
Gabby, Kenzie, Rilynn, Alyssia, and Jane from Troop 130 have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn! The girls painted inspiring quotes on the bathroom doors at Olson Park Elementary, their elementary school.
The girls began their Silver Award project by organizing a meeting with the principal requesting permission to paint the doors. They researched the best, most durable paints and topcoats at a local Home Depot. The girls also researched approved fundraising opportunities and wrote letters to apply for grants to help with materials.
Then, the girls cleaned the bathroom stalls to make sure they were ready to paint! Experimenting with a Cricut Explorer, the girls created their own inspirational quotes and made their painting stencils. After much trial and error, they figured the best method for applying the paint and top coat. They also cleaned the areas they were improving to ensure the facilities were better than before they arrived.
It was a much bigger project then any of us could’ve imagined, but the results are amazing!
The idea for this Girl Scout Silver Award project came about when Gabby, a member of Troop 130, was deeply affected by the high number of suicides in the area over the last few years. The other girls agreed this was an incredible project and felt the same about wanting to make kids feel important, valued, and encourage them in feeling great about themselves and treating others kindly. Each girl found quotes she loved and felt would inspire others to be great members of society. The girls learned so much and worked so well together!
Pride is not a strong enough word to express how we feel as parents and leaders of these young ladies!