Thirteen Girl Scout Brownies, along with their leaders and parents, recently decided that they were going to make a difference in their small town of Mapleton, IA. The girls realized that recycling was something that they heard a lot about, but none of them really did. They saw gap between knowledge and action in their town because residents individually need to bring their recycling to a common disposal center.
To help encourage residents to recycle, they made posters, put an ad in the local newspaper, and planned a curb-side pick up day in which the Girl Scout Brownies would pick up every resident’s recycling left by their curb. According to their leader, Sarah Schmidt, “[The girls] wanted to make citizens aware that to recycle it doesn’t take much time. The girls learned that our town is a lot bigger then they thought, since we had to go up and down each road, checking each house for recycling. It took the girls about an hour to collect and put the items into the recycle container. It even started to rain, but that didn’t stop them. The girls had fun and hope that their effort brought more attention to recycling in Mapleton.”
They hope that their efforts increased awareness of recycling and helped to make the world a better place as well. One Girl Scout in the troop said, “We should do this again because it isn’t so bad!” Way to go, Brownies! Sounds like they’re ready for their Bronze Award when they bridge up to Juniors.
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