Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ballpark Recycling Earns Girls their Silver Award

Pictured: Mary, Patricia, Cathleen and Meagan
Patricia, Mary, Cathleen and Megan of Troop 246 wanted to tackle recycling by placing recycle bins in Wald Park Baseball Field for their Silver Award project. The girls approached the Alabama Environmental Council to learn about the benefits of recycling and the impact it can have on a community. They then met with the Vestavia Parks and Recreation to get feedback and guidance and ask permission to start the project. They pained three recycle bins along with one regular trash bin and put them in the main concession stand area at Wald Park. They arranged for recycling pick up with Advanced Disposal during baseball season. They hung posters and bags for the teams to use and educated the coaches and parents about the importance of recycling and the impact it has on the community. To ensure this project was continued, the girls solicited a younger troop to educate and carry on the project in the future. Patricia is a freshman at Vestavia Hills High School, Mary is an eighth-grader at Pizitz Middle School, Megan is a freshman and John Carroll Catholic High School and Cathleen is a freshman at the Hoover Freshman Center.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. This award symbolizes a Girl Scout Cadette’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities as she matures and works to better her life and the lives of others.