Silver Award Project completed by Van Girl Scouts

Van Girl Scout Troop 1319 completed their Silver Award Project recently. The project required research, design, requesting and receiving donated materials and supplies, painting and installing a mini-library in Van City Park.

The Silver Award Project reflects a 50-hour service commitment identifying a need in the community.

The mini-library is registered with the international Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Van Girl Scout Troop 1319 volunteered for the past three summers at the Van Community Library’s Summer Reading Program.

The troop recognized a need as the library is open only three days a week, however, children in the program needed books available all week, therefore, the troop presented their project to the Van Library Board and the former Van Parks and Recreation Board.

Each board approved the installation of a mini-library in the city park and the relocation of an existing mini-library to the front of the Van Community Library.

The third mini-library is at the Van Community Ministries Food Bank. The troop designed and painted a “friendship tree” as a mural behind the mini-library with approval from the Food Bank Board of Directors.

The three “C’s” of girl scouts are building confidence, courage and character, and to include community service. Hopefully, these girls will be lifelong volunteers in their communities.

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