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Turtley Awesome: Girl Scouts Raise Community Awareness

May 16, 2018 | All School, Have Fun, Impact, Lower School News, Share the Well

A group of fifth graders collected recyclable supplies, designed and created their structure, then wrote a letter to and met with Mount Vernon’s CFOO to plan the placement of their installation — all to raise community awareness. Pictured left to right: Lara Forst, Sophia Van Name, Riley Jane Houseman, Christina Dahabreh, Anna Kathryn Lucas, Frannie McNerney, Amelia Katz, Kiera Campbell
At Mount Vernon, students are encouraged to be engaged citizen leaders, share the well, and make an impact. In addition to what is being done during the school day, many Lower and Middle School students amplify this effort through Scouts – beginning with Brownies and Cub Scouts.
Together as Girl Scouts for five years, eight fifth graders have been members of Troop 13560. Collectively, they have earned over 100 badges, learning critical life skills along the way.
For their final project of the year, the girls created a turtle out of recycled materials, which is currently displayed on the Founders Campus.
Accompanying On-Site Signs:

  • The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned for a Junior girl Scout. It’s also the third highest award in all of Girl Scouts. It’s earned by a troop who completes a sustainable project that improves the community.
  • Our troop made a sea turtle made completely of recyclable materials, chosen to represent the ocean that is harmed by plastic pollution and because the turtle is the Sandy Springs mascot.
  • Our project is sustainable because we are educating our friends and families about plastic pollution.
  • Our turtle is made from plastic and aluminum from our families, collected in just 2-3 weeks. It’s held together with a LOT of hot glue, so it’s a bit fragile.

Created by Girl Scout Junior Troop 13560