This year, my daughter's fourth-grade Girl Scout troop decided to take their Scouting experience to the next level and are focused on completing their Bronze Award.
The award has specific requirements that have to be met, along with a certain amount of time/hours that each Scout has to contribute to a sustainable project.
The project focuses on community gardens throughout Quincy.
The depth and breadth of the award not only contributes to the basic educational components of reading, writing and arithmetic, but also develops other life skills such as time management, budgeting, leadership, community service and much more.
The families who support the Scouts also felt it would be a great opportunity to work side by side and develop a sense of community.
So far, they have repaired and built garden boxes in designated areas within the community, learned about plants, the planting process and what is needed to sustain them, as well as environmental stewardship and the value of hard work.
A component of the project is fundraising, and they are selling T-shirts to raise money for the Quincy Community Garden Coalition, a combination of eight local community gardens with two more in progress. Proceeds will be donated to the coalition to provide materials for food relief for families who garden, supply the community gardens and donate the food forward in a food initiative to more than 12 social service agencies with meal programs and food pantries.
These Girl Scouts are eternally grateful to the community for teaching and guiding them. They hope that they can make a difference and and continue to grow and use what they have learned here to pay it forward and never stop.
Thank you for supporting them, Quincy.
Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.