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Troop 227 receives Bronze Award

Thirteen Junior Girl Scouts recently received the Bronze Award from the Southern Appalachian Girl Scout Council in a ceremony held April 26.
The Bronze Award is the highest award for Junior Girl Scouts. The girls participated from September to January on a community service project to make improvements to the Unicoi County Public Library.
“Our idea was to help make improvements to the library indoors and outdoors and to help the staff and the people that use the library,” scout Marlie Sullins said.
The girls gathered and assembled items for a fall decoration arrangement by the library sign which included a large pumpkin face that they painted. They planted flowers in the planters, worked on landscaping, swept around curbs of the parking lot and collected trash.
They carried books up and downstairs that were used in the Apple Festival book sale and they also decorated parts of the library for fall and winter. The girls made bookmarks, collected and donated used children’s books and made Christmas ornaments for a Christmas tree they decorated.
They hauled away recyclables and trash, cleaned shelves, tables and the library’s kitchen. They also painted signs for an outdoor Christmas nativity and helped assemble it and later disassemble and put away many of the Christmas decorations at the library. These were just some of the tasks they completed.
Troop 227 was aided in their many and various projects by women in the GFWC Erwin Monday Club. The girls spent more than 20 hours on these tasks. When each girl was asked what they discovered about themselves while working on the project Meleah responded, “Helping people makes you feel good.”
“We made a good team working with friends,” Kayla said.
“We got stuff done faster together,” Aiya said.
“You can even have fun cleaning by working with friends,” Abby Foster added.
“I didn’t like some of the jobs we did, but I did them anyway.” Laura responded.
“We could complete lots of jobs because there were so many of us helping,” Kylee said.
“The adults were impressed by how hard we worked,” Kendell added.
“We were good helpers and did a good job doing projects,” Charity said.
Troop leaders are Chasity Harness and Denise Rose. The joint effort of all the girls, parents, troop leaders, Erwin Monday Club women and the staff of the library made it a wonderful, worthwhile community project.
Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 227 that earned the Bronze Award were: Kayla Bowman, Abby Buchanan, Mollie Edwards, Robin Engle, Abby Foster, Kyndal Gouge, Kylee Gouge, Charity Harness, Meleah McInturff, Laurel Osborne, Aiya Robnolte, Katy Stancil and Marlie Sullins.