Girl Scout Troop 2637 and SG grade 8 students brighten the Animal Protective Foundation with their Silver Award Projects

Five girls involved with the projects

On Monday, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony at the APF (Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia) for the projects completed over the past eight months by girls in Girl Scout Troop 2637 as part of their Silver Awards.

The grade 8 students involved in the projects are Kayla Bonney, Claire Harris, Grace Heiner, Calista Butler and Minna Jung. The girls have been together in Troop 2637 since kindergarten.

“The girls have worked tirelessly on two major projects over the past 8 months and today was the culmination of their hard work,” said Troop Leader Lynn Streifert.

Senator Jim Tedisco attended Monday’s ribbon cutting with more than 50 friends and family.

Claire and Kayla worked on a Public Service Announcement, created a website www.Girls4Paws.org, obtained donations for 100+ dog adoption goodie bags, created a magnet, poster and flyers warning of the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car.

Calista, Grace and Minna worked on the “build” project- two raised garden beds, a composting system and bench. Streifert said the APF helped the troop identify needs that they had and supported their work on projects to help the animals. “We secured donations of plants which will help feed the small animals that are often surrendered to the APF,” she added.

Streifert noted that the projects would have been impossible without the  donations of time, support, hard labor, gathering donations and purchasing materials. Special thanks to Sue Harris, Isaiah Lee, Jake Heiner, Tim Bonney and Sariah Jung who led the girls on all of the work.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Five girls involved with the projects
These five Girl Scouts spent eight months making this APF project a reality.
Composting system built for the APF
Composting system built for the APF
Bench built at the APF
This bench was built by the Girl Scout troop members.
Raised garden beds built for the APF use
Holding a sign thanking sponsors
Many thanks to the sponsors who made this project possible.
Ribbon cutting at the APF
Sentator Tedisco joins others for a ribbon cutting of the Girl Scout project