School Spotlight: Providence Academy Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award
Students and Girl Scouts from Providence Academy were recently honored with the Silver Award. That’s the second-highest honor you can get as a Girl Scout.
The cadettes say they are using their leadership skills to better the community.
Like it says on the box of cookies, the girl scouts are more than just cookies. Cadettes also work on a variety of service projects. However, the cookie sales go toward funding the work.
“We make probably $2,000 each year for cookies, and that’s what we needed for the project, explained cadet Lillian Haapoja.
To earn the Silver Award, the scouts had to identify issues they cared about in their community. Troop 16201 decided to build benches to place around the fire pit in the back of Providence Academy. They wanted to encourage people to communicate face-to-face.
“We really thought building benches would help people get together at school without a need to be on their phones, so they can just enjoy each other’s company,” said cadet Anika Austvold.
A lot of hard work went into making the sitting space. The young ladies had to assemble the benches and paint them. It also took longer than expected to complete the job because of the global pandemic.
“We were supposed to be done with our project around this time last year, but since we were not in school, girl scouts suspended all of their operations, we were not able to continue with the project,” explained Danielle Kukuljan.
The benches were installed in the fall. Now the community and Providence Academy students can enjoy the outdoor living space.
Cadette Kiernan Albertini ran her hands over one of the benches admiring the work.
“It’s been a long process for us, but we’re really happy that we followed through with it and ended up making something that our whole community can use,” she said.
All four girls have been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten.