These Brownie Scouts Make Conserving Water an Important Issue

By Strickland, Cindy Holifield & Sandy | The Florida Times Union, May 12, 2012 | Go to article overview

These Brownie Scouts Make Conserving Water an Important Issue


Strickland, Cindy Holifield & Sandy, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Cindy Holifield & Sandy Strickland

Six girls have made water conservation an important part of their lives and are sharing what they have learned with anyone who will listen.

The girls are Shaelyn Bell, Amber Terrill, Melanie Agustin, Madison Mendiola, Kaylee Clinebell and Gwyn McNally, and they are in Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1194. They started learning about water at the beginning of the school year and have continued with that theme throughout the year.

One of their projects included signing a pledge to save water and be more aware of water consumption. They also reached out to other people and got more than 50 signatures on the pledge form.

In April, they had a booth at the Earth Day event at The Jacksonville Landing where they talked to people about saving water and why it's important. They also handed out fliers and "Save Water" bracelets. Other projects included making a rain barrel and holding beach and park cleanups.

"We took a journey to learn about conservation, focusing on water," said troop leader Heather Bell. "They learned how to become leaders in our community by sharing what is important and talking to people about making a difference. It starts with one person, or maybe six little girls."

The rain barrel created during that project will be donated to Highland Precious Gifts Preschool to use in its vegetable garden. The preschool students water and care for their own garden and the girls thought this a perfect opportunity to teach younger children about saving water.

The beach cleanup is scheduled for May 26 from 9-11 a.m. at Dutton Island Preserve, and there will be a park cleanup from 4-6 p.m. May 26 at Hanna Park. Volunteers are welcome.

Here's more good news:

- Arlington Heights Elementary School girls are learning how to grow and maintain a lush organic garden and how to conserve water. The project is teaching the students where food comes from and the process of moving produce from the farm to the table.

The girls are in kindergarten through second grade, and are going through a six-week gardening course to better understand the process. They will also visit the University of North Florida to see an actual organic garden and how it is cared for. …

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