Girl Scout Troop No. 4354 collects supplies for Our Brother’s Keeper

TALLYING DONATIONS: Junior Girl Scouts in Troop No. 4354 Annaca DeGroat (left) and Kally Cady (right) record and count the items donated by a classroom at Brookside Elementary. The troop collected food and hygiene supplies for Our Brother's Keeper as their Bronze Award project. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

TALLYING DONATIONS: Junior Girl Scouts in Troop No. 4354 Annaca DeGroat (left) and Kally Cady (right) record and count the items donated by a classroom at Brookside Elementary. The troop collected food and hygiene supplies for Our Brother’s Keeper as their Bronze Award project. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

BIG RAPIDS — As the members of Girl Scout Troop No. 4354 enjoy the activities at troop meetings, they’re also trying to make their community a better place.

The troop is wrapping up its project for the Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The award requires girls to carry out a community service project. Troop No. 4354 members decided to help Our Brother’s Keeper, the homeless shelter in Big Rapids, by collecting food and hygiene supplies.

“They offered a challenge to Brookside Elementary, and the classroom that donates the most items gets a pizza party on our troop,” said Troop Leader Jennifer Cady. “The girls had to figure out how many people were in the school, create a flyer, get approval — they did a ton of work.

“They also decided to spend $100 of our cookie money and so we went shopping to donate items, as well.”

Wednesday, the girls collected the boxes from each classroom and counted the number of donated items. When they finished tallying, they planned to add the numbers to the classroom totals from the midpoint of the month-long challenge.

“We did this so we could help other people,” said fifth-grader and Junior Girl Scout Talladega Nowlin.

It’s partly a way to show appreciation, explained fellow Junior Girl Scout and fourth-grader Madeline Root.

“We’ve done a lot of things and this is a way to give back to the community,” she said. “It’s nice to try to give back to the communtiy. We did this for Our Brother’s Keeper — we didn’t do it for us.”

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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