A landscaping project managed by two Manchester Girl Scouts has earned the pair the Silver Award, the highest award Cadette Girl Scouts (sixth through eighth-grade) can achieve.
Madelynn Zehr and Kayleigh Haan took on the landscaping project for the new Rehab to Home unit at the Good Neighbor Society in Manchester.
Making plans for the flower beds, the pair chose to reuse as many flowers already at the Good Neighbor Society to save costs. Working with the Society board, the girls planned every detail of the project before beginning, by pulling weeds and backfilling dirt into the beds before planting, watering and mulching.
Zehr and Haan planted 22 ornamental grasses, 25 hostas, 30 tulip bulbs, 15 daylilies, five iris groupings, six cornflower plants, six daisies, 15 daffodils and four hibiscus plants as well as mulching the entire garden.
The girls were satisfied with their project.
“I really enjoyed our project and love how it made us more involved in our community and be able to help make it a better place for people. I’m very happy with how I know the residents and visitors are going to enjoy looking at our work,” said Haan.
“Completing this project is important to me,” explained Zehr. “I want to be able to say that I did this with my leadership and hard work. I also want to show little girls that they can also do things like this if they put their mind to it and work hard for it.”
The steps to earning the Silver Award are touted in the Girls Scout Leadership Experience. To earn the Silver Award, a troop or Girl Scout must identify community issues, build a team, develop a project, make a plan and complete at least 50 hours of working for the project.